Great trip! Slower fishing than I had invisioned but I had a blast. Trout was fair. I had some great chances and short windows of good fishing for both Browns an Rainbows. I really went with ntentions of really targeting the Browns. I've become facinated with them and really want to stick a beast on fly, and I want it on my own. It will happen, but it wasn't going to be this trip. I have a feeling I might be on the wrong lake for a giant but I love the variety here. Anyway, Browns were hard too find and harder to get them to eat when I did I find a few. I found an area pretty quick with numbers of Browns busting smelt the first day. Got a couple to grab right away and I was optimistic going in. Forecast was for a front and I was even more excited. The front rolled through and that was all she wrote, the bait was gone, and so were they.
End the end I found a few individule fish and also had a quality fish saw me off, and another nice fish come unbuttoned mid way through the battle. So, I had my chances on good fish, I just didn't get it done. As it turned out, this trip ended up being about Smallies. A nice handfull of quality fish. Average fish was over three pounds and I had one that was over 5. It was 3-5 Smallmouth a day if you fished hard. Not red hot fishing by any means. To me, the quality made up for the lack of numbers. All in all a great trip and it was awesome to have my wife there on this one. We got to catch up and relax a bit.
|A hazy shot of Mt. Shasta|
5Lb+ Smallie on the fly!