Shelf Lake was fishing VERY GOOD on 9/4/2011. I fished from shore and was casting less than 30 feet out and caught an occasional fish on dry flies. After a while I was noticing the cutthroat were cruising very close to shore and biting on anything in their path. All I needed to do was wait for a cruiser and flip the fly out about 10 feet in front of it and BAM!! They are very beautifully colored and fought well before being released back to the lake. I was using a few ugly flies that I tied myself and just wanted to get them wet. The best 2 were tied spent wing with olive or blue bodies. I also caught a number of them on an orange asher pattern.
The hike up was a moderate 2 hour trip with the dogs. The wildflowers are still in bloom and the weather was perfect. Bring your camera!!
Here are a few pics. I'll try to load more later.
Nice male Greenback in spawning colors
Another female greenback
Wildflowers along the trail
Decatur Mountain reflection
One of my fishin' partners in the lake
Coming back down the valley
Panorama from south shore (with Decatur and Square Top mtns. in background)
Panorama from north shore (with fishing partner)