The WDFW announced they would be planting our local plateau lake with 2500 brood stock trout that are part of the Issaquah hatchery and on display. It’s an annual tradition in which Todd B. and other fly fishing friends gather to wrangle these brutes.
Todd had the Clackacraft launched and at his dock the night before they closed the launch for the truck plants. While not the most sporting of fishing, it is hard to pass up on those 3-5# piggies that put a good bend in a 5 wt rod.
I had to bite my lip on a few occasions when an errant kayaker drifted and blatantly crossed in front of us, alongside us. I didn’t want it to grey the day, and it didn’t we had an absolute fun and amazing time catch and releasing many trout. I wasn’t counting but Phil was and his account landed 31 of these to our net. I did end up keeping two and also had a few friends chip in their limits towards fresh crab bait that would be gladly used this coming weekend.
These aren’t your typical normal pellet fed trout but a super rich and high omega rich diet. The meat is richly orange and resembles salmon and the table fare is supposedly amazing for trout. Since they’re raised on concrete raceways, they aren’t the most athletic or fittest of fish. They dogged us and the fight might be like the fattest sumo wrestler versus the little guy. Pretty much laying on its side and using its body mass to wriggle and twist to try and escape our clutches.
We all stuck with intermediate lines and tan, brown, creme, white, patterns. It wasn’t until I switched up to a sparse chartreuse bodied fly that the action began heating up. These fish would grab and dash, I’d cast, and wait the fly would sink and I’d do short strips and the line would go tight. It’s nice to have fish aggressively and instinctually chase down a meal only to feel the pain of our hooks at the end.
Doubles and the rare triple was seen from Steve H. and his friend Tom on Steves 10′ Koffler wide back. What an incredibly beautiful fall day for fishing and being outdoors. Don’t know when I’ll return, but relishing in the good action was enough to keep me satisfied until the spring.
Rod: Sage Salt 890-4, while a bit overkill, its an incredible distance casting rod, and very light to handle. It was nice to be able to muscle those fish in quickly with the extra powerful scrim.
Reel: Hardy 7000 CLS, I am really likening this reel for its functionality. The inexpensive cartridges hold 7-8 wt. lines and click in to the spool. Light and a decent drag it will be a go to reel for small salmon and steelhead.
Line: Rios Camolux Intermediate, casts wonderfully and splits out 60-70′ effortless casts with the Salt. I especially like the 15′ hinge marker and the coatings. Nice to handle and strip.