To get to Fehr Lake, travel North from Heber City on Highway 40 until you reach the intersection with Highway 32, roughly 4 miles North of town. Stay on Highway 32 around Jordanelle and into the town of Francis until you get to the first stop sign, about 11 miles, and turn left to stay on Highway 32. After 2 miles you will be in the town of Kamas and will turn right on Highway 150, The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, and stay on Highway 150 for a little over 30 miles. You will go over Bald Mountain Pass and head down the Northern Slope, just about 1.5 miles from the pass you'll see a small pull-out on the right side of the road. This is the trailhead, don’t blink or you’ll miss it. The trail usually opens up about early to mid June and stays open through September, and maybe into October. Be prepared though, the weather changes in the Uintas at the tip of hat, and while it's rare, it has snowed even in July, August, and September.
From the Fehr Lake Trailhead you will hike for a little less than .5 miles. The trail itself is fairly well defined, and has a few boardwalks in place to traverse some of the more soggy areas that the trail encounters. The hike in is mostly downhill, except right at the very beginning. Remember, what you climb down you will have to climb up. Don't worry however, the elevation lost is just over 100 feet. Like we said, this is a hike that the whole family should enjoy. You could even portage a canoe if you were feeling extra ambitious. For a map of the trail click the map to the left.
Fehr Lake is about 6 acres and has a maximum depth of 29 feet. The depth and amount of water makes it a great lake to either use a canoe or float tube on, if you are willing to hike them in. The North and West shores of plenty of room to get a great backcast, the South and East shores have more timber around it, requiring a more delicate cast. We hiked in with our 7'6" 3 wt rod however, a 9' 5 wt would have increased our ability to get further out into the lake. We wouldn't recommend anything over a 5 wt rod, but the size of fish in this lake make a 3 wt seem a little too small and a 5 wt just a little too big.
Aquatic insects do exist in these waters, even though their hatch cycles are more sporadic than lower elevation lakes and rivers. 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, even though you will only be a half mile 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!