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Day two fishing at Cedar Bluffs Reservoir, Kansas

by: David Coulson 9/14/2013

Meant to post Friday, but after long drive the evening prior, in at midnight, and a tough day pre-fishing I was more than a bit tired. So, I called it a day and went to bed early.

Guess I should mention why Iím here, simply Iím fishing a club level bass tournament with Centennial Bass Club.  There are ten anglers; among the group are some of the clubs top anglers this year (no I'm not one of them) and itís a pleasure to compete against them.

I find it interesting that pre-fishing itís possible to not catch many fish, in my case none (lost one), and still glean useful information for the tournament.  Having never fished Cedar Bluffs, my first task was to familiarize myself with the lay of the water.  After launching I took a boat ride around the lake and up a couple of arms. 

My first impression was how many trees were exposed.  So much cover itís nearly an impossible task trying to figure out which ones to fish.  In true, I quickly decided to look for other cover as most everyone was fishing trees. 

My second event occurred when I ran up the inlet and quickly found myself on a mud flat in about a foot of water.  Thanks to the hyro jack plate I was able to lift the prop high enough to work my way out, leaving a mud trail of course.  Once I hit two feet of depth, I decided to test the claims in the literature for my boat, that you can put it on plane it two feet of water.  You can, but in truth given all the trees and stick ups in the lake (none showing where I was) I was lucky I didnít hit something.

Over the course of Friday I fished a variety of areas, and mostly threw my standard, clousers.  What I did figure out was they werenít working and by days end I started trying other stuff, losing a fish on a bunny leach. 

It was a struggle fighting rain and wind most of the day and the weather forecasts for Saturday werenít great.  No rain, but more and higher winds.  Unfortunately the weatherman was right for a change.

Today I ended up fishing alone.  Something that I didnít mind as handling a boat in the wind and fly fishing are difficult, and having a second angler compounds the issues. 

Based on the pre-fish I decided that Iíd fished more open structure, so I looked for rocky points with minimal trees/stick ups.  I also decided that Iíd work ďjigĒ style flies, think meat whistlers, although my tie is more clouser style and lighter as Iím using sinking lines.  Finally, as I was alone I opted to fish windblown areas.   It made more difficult casting and boat control, but it did pay off somewhat, as I carded two fish, and lost one.  Not bad as two carded four fish, and two or less was the norm.  Turns out that at the end of the day Iím in fifth place. 

As I donít have a lot of ďjigĒ style flies, Iíll be tying a few this evening, and weíll see what tomorrow brings.  I may have to push into the shallow timber as thatís where most of the fish were caught, but thatíll be after I hit my rocky points first.

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Member comments
opencage, CO   9/14/2013 6:58:17 PM
Good luck out there Dave. If anyone can find 'em, you can. Make sure you bring a blank slate back with ya as our conditions have changed a bit here on the front range. Fun fishing.
FISHRANGLER, CO   9/14/2013 7:01:47 PM
Thats some red neck water Dave your going to have to get some overalls out that way. Good luck
Gill, CO   9/15/2013 9:04:56 PM
Have you seen any effects of what going on in Colorado?
Gill, CO   9/15/2013 9:06:00 PM
Sorry I meant "what's "
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   9/16/2013 6:39:59 AM
Not yet, but until the weather clears, and folks get around to the various waters we won't have a full picture. I'm sure a lot of small ponds around the rivers have been damaged. Those will take a few years to rebuild, but not as long as many think.
JKaboom, CO   9/16/2013 10:08:08 PM
Looking forward to how you finished. That was pretty crazy to do that wit your boat but neat nonetheless :)
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