Marjorie Lake is found in the Provo River watershed. And is one of the many lakes that make up the headwaters of this prolific Western river. It takes a little bit of time hiking to this high mountain lake, but the payoff is well worth it. And the hike itself is not at all strenuous and we would not hesitate to take our four year old on this hike.
From the Crystal Lake Trailhead you will hike for a little over 3 miles. Make sure you take the Lakes Country Trail from the parking lot, there is a sign at the beginning of the trail designating it as such. After about a 1.5 miles in, the trail will for next to a small pond. Make sure that you take the left fork. There is an iron signpost at this intersection, follow the signs towards Marjorie Lake. Stay on this trail for another 1.5 miles and you'll come upon Marjorie Lake. The hike from trailhead to the lake took us about 1.25 hours, and we are definitely not in the best of shape. For a map of the trail, click the map to the left.
There were only two places around the entire lake that we had to be more mindful than usual of our backcast. We took our standard 7'6" 3 wt to Marjorie Lake. The majority of fish in the lake made this rod the perfect rod to have out there. A 9' 5 wt would have increased our fishing distance on the lake but would have overpowered many of the fish that you would catch. It’s a tradeoff that each individual fisherman must make. We would not recommend taking anything over a 5 wt out. Remember, also, that you will be hiking about 6.5 miles, round trip, and will be carrying that rod with you-what rod are you comfortable hiking with, and how many pieces it breaks down into.
Aquatic insects do exist in these waters, even though their hatch cycles are more sporadic than lower elevation lakes and rivers. We saw Stoneflies and Brown Drakes while fishing this water. During the morning and evening, throwing a caddis pattern out will almost always work. During the heat of the day the fish are still looking up though, terrestrials such as ants and small hoppers are great. As the weather cools down, fishing below the surface with a leech pattern or chironomid should work.
Remember that you are in the wilderness on this trip. You are in Mother Nature's home and she makes the rules. Expect to see wildlife and prepare accordingly, this is bear and moose country. Take a first aid kit with you just in case something happens, you will be three miles from your car, even a survival kit may not hurt. It is beautiful country that is unfortunately touched by man, help out and take a grocery sack and pack out some of the trash that some people choose not to. As always, Good Luck and Guid Luck!