Despite the ridiculous wind and tough fishing, we were able to get into some fish. Shared some laughs with other fly folk and fished with Joel and Dave. Was a great weekend! =)
I started out on Friday at Pybus. I ended up with 3 fish in the 22-24" range. They were right tight to the reeds along the north shore. They took a beaver leech hung under an indicator.
Saturday I fished Patterson and Tokaryk. Fishing was tough on both lakes. I landed 4 fish in total for the day and a few little dinker stocker rainbows. I did manage a nice brown from Patterson using a beaver leech under an indicator tight to the reeds. I saw the fish working in the reeds slashing at baitfish and I hung the fly in his zone. Was a decent male.
I went to Tokaryk in the afternoon. I caught one 22" rainbow close to the dock with a chironomid right off the bat. I then started working my way north along the west shoreline. I stopped a few times where I saw big mats of chironomid shucks and threw out the indicator. I had a chaotic little brown absolutely slam my chronie and leap out of the water 4 times! Was peeling drag pretty good too! Was a little fatty!
I drove back to Pybus that night and got up at 5:30am to get an early start. I saw a few fish working the south shore near the launch but when I got over there with my float tube the action had vanished. The wind was kicking up out of the west and I decided to pull out and launch off the road on the north end of the lake. I worked my way along the north shoreline where I'd done well before but no luck. 5 hours later I finally spotted a couple fish rolling on baitfish near the pump house. I anchored my float tube and picked off two big rainbows on a beaver leech, a 28" and a fat 25".
Joel fought the wind over to the spot and picked up a nice 27" right away on a scud. I switched to scuds too and we started getting into them pretty good! We had a double header on at one point. I Managed to pull 5 fish out of that one spot and Joel hooked 3 outta there too! Seemed like you just needed to be in the right spot at the right time. I was able to land a personal best at 28.25" as well! What a fight!
Pybus is one of those lakes that you need the utmost patience to just sit and stare at an indicator...for hours! I stared for 5 hours, stopping at various spots and working the reeds, before I got a sniff. But the rewards...they're crazy! Those fish are zero-to-chaos in a split second!
Joel and I decided to get outta the wind and fish the west side of Patterson for the afternoon/evening. I met him over there and same as the day before, fishing was tough slugging. I landed one fish from the flats on the west side of the south island. Was a nice male brown that was tucked into some flooded timber and surrounded by a ring of reeds. It took everything I had in my 6-wt to keep him out of danger! lol. Worked out good though...except that Joel was nowhere to be found to snap a mugshot for me! :P I never get photos with browns. :-/
Later in the evening the wind died right out. I was hoping things would pick up but they never did turn on. Joel did get a nice female brown right at sunset, and I was there to snap some photos for him! :P (just teasing ya bud)
All in all it was a great weekend. I'm physically exhausted from that wind though and LONG days on the water! I think I put close to 40 hours on the water this weekend! :-/