I've been taking advantage of this unseasonably mild weather with repeated trips to the same reservoir. Had a couple hours to kill this morning so I hit it up again and everything fell into place.
Showed up at 8:30a to a stiff NE breeze blowing down lake. So I made a beeline to an abrupt shoreline contour that juts sharply out into the main lake and started drifting chironomids
about 8 ft below an indicator... bang, bang, bang action on nearly every cast as the fish were packed in there.
30 minutes later the breeze died and abruptly took the bite with it. Wrapped up and went right into "Yeti stride" for the upper end of the lake. As I rounded the bend I could see rise rings and knew I made the right move.
Switched over to a combination of AP Emerger and Prego Scud and started a slow, short strip retrieve with a 6-count in between strips. Hit a fish on the first cast and so it went until about 10:30a when the fish moved out of casting range.
Just one of those days with almost zero wasted fishing time. Wish they could all be like this.
Let the action begin! The perfect "chironomid chop"... confidence is high under these conditions.
Best fish of the morning on the AP Emerger... just shy of 18 inches and fat!
Fish were bright and full of fight today. Fun to watch in the flat, clear water.
Another real solid fish... couldn't pass up the Prego Scud.
One of my favorite flies... Denny Rickards A.P. (all purpose) Emerger... always double check the fly box before a trip to make sure I've got a couple tied up.
The Prego Scud... fish have a definite preference for them over my standard scud patterns, especially in the Fall.