Early November marks the entrance of Thanksgiving and the stocking of the bloodstock fish from the Issaquah hatchery. While it may not be the most sporting, it is fun and got to hang out and fish with friends.
I was planning to meet up with Rob D., Tom Eng., and Todd B., on the Lake. Fortunately Todd had the drift boat on the dock and waiting for us. I walked out and asked a gent in a float tube when they dropped the first lot. Looked like the foam scum bubbles were relatively fresh and he said it was at 09:40, I glanced down at the time and it was 10:10, time to get suited up and head out!
Steve H., was there and we rowed out and casted amongst the few that gathered to take part of the festivities. If you don’t like crowds, this probably isn’t the place to fish. Everyone was cordial and got along, especially the lady Fisher that thought the limit was 10 jumbo fish. I pointed out that the limit is 5, of which you may only keep 2 over 15″!
She was a bit annoying, but could tell she loves to fish. We told her to give her fish to the family of 7 that braved the lake in a 12′ aluminum boat. We saw everything out there from a rental canoe that looked like it came off the prop storage from the 60’s TV show, Lone Ranger to kayaks, tubers, and toons.
The best idea was to row over to the launch and throw a fly from the shore. Steve and I had plenty of room and since we didnt have the anchor in place was nice to spread out and be able to fight, play and release them.
We had a nice time with a big pizza lunch courtesy of Jason D., and our gracious host Todd B., I probably won’t get back out again, but was fun to get into some jumbo fish on a stripped white clouser, which accounted for most of my fish followed by a black over yellow belly woolley worm that saw some action too, by the end of the day the hackle, chenille and thread were falling off the hook. Oh well, at least it was a cheap commercial tied fly.
We ended up with dozens of fish to net, kept 5 for the dinner table and or fuel for the crab pot. It’s amazing how fatty their blood is as there were visible oil rings and slicks on the surface of the Lake from these porkers. They must be supplementing their diet with a regimen of top pot doughnuts, fried chicken smothered in bacon gravy. Oink oink!!!
Rod: Sage One 9’6″ 6 wt
Line: Cortland Clear Camo full intermediate
Reel: Feathercraft cassette SLA3