The last few weeks have involved everything that fall generally involves when it comes to life. Getting things prepared for the coming winter and generally getting the last of things out the way before it all freezes up. I have managed to get out a couple times this fall, but it came time to really get excited about one last trip before it all freeezes over.
So one of the guys from my club had been raving about this one lake, and when I saw some of the pics I was motivated... so early Saturday morning I packed things in the car and headed out. I don't know exactly what the temp was when I got there, but I know it was colder than -6C and that several items including my wading boots had frozen solid while I was setting up...
I got onto the water shortly after sunrise and headed out to a recommended spot... The reason I was so excited? well this was my first attempt at luring some splake. I had tried once before in the season, sorta, but not really, and it was one of the species I had really wanted to catch... so this was it!
The first few hours were slow for me, although there was another boat on the water bait fishing and they were just hammerring them. I worked and worked and could barely get a knock. I was being joined by the guy from my club who had made me aware of this lake, and I was afraid that I would still be on the skunk by the time he arrived around noon. I saw him hit the water, and shortly after that I figured things out and netted my first ever splake!
Within minutes of releasing my first I had my second and I knew I had unlocked a pretty awesome piece of the puzzle...
The rest of the day proved to be the highlight of my season... enjoy the pics!
A 21" female
The highlight of my season! a 23" 4lb female
I knew a picture would be necessary
And I was right... a beautiful male in full spawn colours...
The smallest fish I have ever caught on fly, and technically my 10th species?
What an awesome way to wrap up this season!!