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Lake: Lake Haiyaha - RMNP

Anyone fished Lake Haiyaha in the park?

Post By: troutfinder      Posted: 7/28/2015 9:35:15 AM     Points: 579    
Hi guys, I've fished a lot of lakes in the park and especially in the Glacier Gorge area but have not fished Haiyaha. Steve Schwietzer's book says there are Yellowstone cuts in there but just wondering how the fishing is in the summer. Some lakes, like Dream, you always see cruising and feeding cuts while I've found at the Loch, it's hit or miss. I'm expecting tough fishing at haiyaha as you don't hear about it much but wondering if anyone has any advice. I'll post a report when I get back...we're heading up sometime in August. Thanks
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 7/28/2015 9:51:52 AM     Points: 164691    
Get up there! It can be hit or miss, but summer fishing can be good. Work by the outlet, and on the far (alee) side. It's usually windy. My buddy who's a ranger has been up a few times this year and has gotten some good fish on dries. You basically want to sight fish. The yellowstone cuts up there can be pretty good size. The great thing about Haiyaha is if it's a bust you can drop down to Dream or the Loch (great lake too!) to keep fishing.
 Reply by: Herf      Posted: 7/30/2015 11:07:29 AM     Points: 138    
I fished it a lot last August and finally got my Yellowstone Cutthroat. (see my post from last year under the Yellowstone Cutthroat Species Section) What I found was you had to be up at the lake early, as in 1st light. The wind is a real challenge as well as trying to move around on the rocks and the hike isn't too bad. I also found that I would get about one or maybe 2 hits and that was it for the morning, so if I missed it, I was SOL for the day. Good luck and if you get one, they are a truly amazing fish.
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 7/30/2015 1:34:55 PM     Points: 255    
You know what man, I'll be in estes this whole weekend and I may have to do you a favor and shoot up there! If that is the case, I'll make a posting the day I do. Hopefully its a good one!


Stay Sharp
 Reply by: rburgess      Posted: 7/30/2015 2:40:52 PM     Points: 586    
The Loch last Saturday (7/25)......if Haiyaha is a bust. Size 16 elk hair caddis around 1pm was a very hot fly!
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 7/30/2015 3:01:43 PM     Points: 579    
thanks everyone. Looks like i'll be hoping for minimal winds. I love to cast to cruisers and hope I'll see a few. my first trip to the Loch was cruisers in close for hours and rises everywhere...next trip same time of year with same weather we didn't spot a fish anywhere so I know it's hit or miss.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 7/30/2015 3:56:23 PM     Points: 8397    
My wife and i hit it up last august for a couple of hours in the afternoon and hooked up with quite a few cutties. had some bigger fish on small kastys and some average and small ones on panther martins. we had fun climbing on the boulders to get to the next spot...super clear water and there are a ton of really big submerged boulders that are an easy cast from shore. most of the fish came off of those big submerged boulders, and it was even better action once we found a pair of submerged boulders that were close together and fished the "channel" between the two. i wish we would have spent more time up there climbing around the lake...so much to explore up there!