Post By: rockyjammer Posted: 3/8/2018 12:25:47 AMPoints: 784
85 percent open water I am guessing....don't remember it opening up this early...love hitting it at ice off....fished from 3:30 to 5:30 and managed one fish, but it was a beauty!! Realesed after pic...Can't wait to get out in my toon!!
Reply by: rockyjammer Posted: Mar. 8, 10:47:37 AM Points: 784
Yes anglerwannabe and VINNIE....didn't do a lot of fishing last year, but plan to fish a little more this year...great way to start my year...it was tough cause the place I was in had no shoreline by the water to land him and take a pic...got him on shore briefly and snapped a shot, then getting him back in the water to revive him, before I knew it...his power from his huge tail propelled him back out in the lake....one of my biggest in awhile!! I couldn't believe his girth as well, definitely healthy!!
anteroman, aka bill...yes those big fish deserve to live and sport their beauty to others that may land him again...if I ever did keep..I prefer to eat the 16-18 inchers...feel they taste better....for there was a bait hook I took out of his lip that was broken off from a previous angler...I C&R 99.9% of the time...unless I am camping...May is a bit off..hope you make it back sooner :)
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 12, 6:53:32 AM Points: 2481
Vinnie, A friend of mine from BV was up yesterday, North shore is fishable, he said he wished he had brought his toon, noted the South was still iced, fishing was slow for the fly/spin folks as well as the bait folks. Bill
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Mar. 12, 7:30:01 AM Points: 1412
Iím there on Tuesday. You guys got me hyped up. Iíve got a new switch rod hopefully it will help me add some distance. With less effort. Rocky good to see you post again. Thatís a pretty fish. Vinnie we need to get together. I always look forward to seeing your posts as well. You really got me into dries on lakes. Bill Iím looking forward to May. Your new assortment of balanced leeches are dying to see water brother. ATdub your on .... let the soft water SEASON begin !!! Tight lines to all. I2
Reply by: rockyjammer Posted: Mar. 12, 2:25:51 PM Points: 784
not too old to fish: you are right about posting incorrect info, it is 85 percent frozen still, but less now that ADub TT updated it, looks like 70 percent frozen now... ADub TT: I hope to meet up with you too...Vinnie, bill, i2fly, anglerwannabe all of you someday.....I too might venture up there on Tuesday or Wednesday.. stratfish, thank you!! I actually caught him on a old beaten up leech pattern in golden olive, that I have caught so many fish with, the tail was like half of what it used be...I like using them this way in weeds or as a top fly in my 3 fly setup ...I attached a pic of the fly, but I tie so many versions of olive, brown, black, even orange and yellow
Me n Dawn went to Warm Springs for the day, we took quick side trip to A, north shore up to H.O.D. Park Lot, few pics and 24 to 285 and back to WSR. I saw one small clan icing near the dam, lotsa peeps along N Shore, did not make journey to S side. The bay at bottom of the hill could have been iced for the daring?! By the number of cars in upper parking lot, appears quite a few hiked to NW bay? Not sure what conditions they would have encountered?
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Mar. 13, 5:12:59 AM Points: 1412
Rocky, thanks for the photo of your leech. Ive got that too. I pre-tied my brown leech on already. But Iíll be sure to try that one too. Iíve got a peacock and olive on the second rod. I hope it is not too busy today. Typically Iíll fish close to the parking lot by the outhouse. If your there stop by. Iíll be fishing the gray switch rod with a big ol behemoth reel. I havenít used it in a year. Donít laugh if I suck. Tight lines.
Reply by: rockyjammer Posted: Mar. 13, 9:28:36 AM Points: 784
Thanks ADub TT for the update..
i2fly: I wont make it up today, had a few things to take care of...heading up tomorrow and i usually hike in to the the back cove, but also fish around the North Boat ramp area....olive, brown, and black are good choices...that fly caught many a fish and like i said the more beat up it gets the better it works for some reason...weird :)
Reply by: stratfish Posted: Mar. 13, 6:04:06 PM Points: 200
ROCKY - Thanks for pic of the leech. I'll need to learn how to tie that pattern. I assume the one you show is an non-chewed-up version? Funny how they like them destroyed. I fished a Dave's Hopper one summer on Pikes Peak (N. Cat) - after about a dozen fish the "hopper" looked like a piece of yellow shag carpet scrap tied to the hook. Legs & wing were long gone and it could no longer float... and they still kept hitting it! Love days like that. :-)
I2FLY - I was up there on Saturday and the section of water you described as your target today I believe is the same spot Rocky hooked that 26" beauty... based on the strip of open water shown in his pics angling away from him toward the dam. We saw that same thin strip of open water as we were leaving. Hope you hooked some! We went up too late and had to leave too early. Got skunked by N. boat ramp.
Am considering a switch rod and shooting head set up to get out farther. Would like to discuss your findings to learn from you - if you want to share please email me at MEDPAD-at-YAHOO-dotcom. Thx!