I slept a little better that evening after a full meal and a little Glenmorangie scotch whisky, but woke to rain but little to no wind. A quick breakfast of apple turnover, coffee, and yogurt we were off to get or redemption. We got on the water by 8 am, but had difficulty getting any action until 9 am. There were no shucks on the water, but alot of swallows working the skies above us where we started by the islands in 9′-10′ of water.
We moved around to a few spots, in 12′ and also anchored up along the east shoreline without much luck. The sidefinder showed fish, but the downscan was empty at the islands and along the east shore. I decided to head towards the reeds on the south shoreline where that lone float tubers fished the day prior. We anchored in 13′ of water and around 9 am started hitting fish very consistently. With Phils longer leader, his nearly skunking the day prior turned into a decent outing for him. For the 2.5 hours we fished he hooked 17 fish and landed 13 of them between 16-18″.
One fish in particular was in spawn mode and his grip and grin photo pushed out the loose eggs onto his jacket and into the pram!
Further throat sampling of fish after this one showed evidence of other trout eating those dropped eggs. We also saw lots of small bloodworms and occassional larger bomber Chironomid. I didn’t end up with more than 8 fish to hand and lost many more as I was fishing size 18 bugs often switching up when the bite slowed at 11 am. I was mildly hypothermic, only bringing my sandals and not having enough layered clothing and being wet. So we called it quits to head back, pack up the RV and fishing gear and made the mostly wet drive back home.
An interesting weekend of some ups and downs, definitely memorable and hopefully won’t have to repeat an on the water rescue!
Rods: G. Loomis GLX 10′ 5 wt with Rio Indicator Line and 15′ leader down to 6# Fluorocarbon, G. Loomis Max GLX 9′ 5 wt with Airflo Ridge Line and 10′ leader, also set up to fish indicators. Winston LT 9′ 6 wt. with a full sink Deep 7 line which I used a couple of times to cast and strip, and also fished vertically and got a fish off that method. However, only find it useful to fish a full sink when I am in over 30′ of water and marking fish down low.
The Loomis Max GLX is a wonderful fast action, and lightweight rod, and felt that I could cast all day and make quick adjustments. The 10′ HLS (high line speed) GLX is my second favorite rod, the longer length is an excellent rod for Chironomid fishing and is my goto rod for long lining leaders up to 40′ in length if needed.