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Lake: Joe Wright Reservoir
Fish: Arctic Grayling

Another quality session

Post By: Jacob J      Posted: 7/1/2015 7:03:45 PM     Points: 1015    
It was my dream to visit this lake and finally put my hands on those graylings.
Has entire lake to myself. Just a couple of other anglers came in for a short session. Weather was excellent. Got my first in my life grayling on first cast and it was 13" beauty on caddis. Caught a couple on prince nymph. After that spent a couple of hours figuring right fly. Was getting hits practically on any fly tried until put on one magi fly (see picture) and that when action has started - landed about 20 fish on that fly. Size ranging fro 8" to 13".
Boy, they put a fight like crazy. I thought that I am pulling some kind of monster. After Jefferson Lake, this is my second memorable session for this year. Well worth the trip. I am happy. Oh, did I mentioned that all fish went back home?
 Reply by: Jacob J      Posted: 7/1/2015 7:05:47 PM     Points: 1015    
A few more pictures
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 7/1/2015 7:07:54 PM     Points: 38195    
cool little buggers, aren't they? Congratulations on a fun trip
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 7/1/2015 7:11:05 PM     Points: 3304    
Good post , pics & info ! WTG.
 Reply by: led2zep      Posted: 7/1/2015 7:19:45 PM     Points: 883    
Well-written post and the pictures are freckin cool!
 Reply by: fargingicehole      Posted: 7/1/2015 8:05:41 PM     Points: 23052    
Simply Awesome! Hope your next sessions are just as successful!
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 7/1/2015 8:36:01 PM     Points: 705    
Way to go, sounds like an awesome day! I've been wanting to go there for years to fish it through the ice, maybe this is the year
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 7/1/2015 9:35:34 PM     Points: 2477    
It's a cool place to go to catch a different type of fish for Colorado. Wife caught the first one (for either of us) from shore before we launched the Kayaks and we were quite excited. About 30-40 fish later it was more routine. We also settled into using prince nymphs under a bubble. Went through my entire supply before we were done. Also, that same day, we watched from our boats as a family proceeded to walk up on a cow moose and calf near the inlet area. We tried to warn them but they were oblivious. It could have made for a real interesting experience, but instead, the cow and calf made a quick exit. In the end, I'm not sure if mom, dad, and kids ever even knew the moose were just down the path from them.
 Reply by: Jacob J      Posted: 7/2/2015 6:39:56 AM     Points: 1015    
Agree. It is beautiful place and worth the trip. One of my friends, who recently moved to Montana, fished this lake and he provided me with all information that I must know about Joe Wright, including moose awareness.
But I quickly got carried away and forgot about wildlife. If moose will approach me, I would be caught off-guard since I was retrieving fly with closed eyes. I was entirely at the end of the line.

Tight lines!
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 7/2/2015 7:57:13 AM     Points: 7079    
Nice Talking to you at the store, I've always done well with white wing fly's

I once rode to within 25 feet of a grazing Bull. For some reason it didn't hear the string of 8 horses approaching. Sure glad it had no interest in any of us, or I might not be here to tell about it.