Monday, October 24, 2011
The fishing at Lake Davis is getting ready to peak, and with this cherry weather we've been having it does not get any better! It's so good that in the last week the fish are foraging in ankle deep water as they hunt the shoreline for an unlucky crawdad. You can actually "see" the fish move right in front of you, and your fly has got to hit on the head as their vision is so short and narrow in 6" of water. Keys to successful sight fishing is keeping the sun at your back, staying low, and as little movement as possible. The fall sun is so productive for this kind of fishing, it is lower in the sky and illuminates the side of the fish like a neon sign.
Quiet coves like this one above have been the most productive, it pays to watch the shoreline closely for rising fish. The trout are now getting active in the middle of the day, I saw my first riser at 10:30am. I C&R 5 trout today, and 4 of them were sight fished to - To see the take 10 feet in front of you is such a rush!
The color of the fish this fall are the best I've seen in a number of years! Today they liked the Sheep Creek special in a #10.
I love driving up to the lake in fall and being greeted by this old growth stand of aspens. The glow they radiate is awesome. The leaves are starting to fall and these colors will be gone soon - Get it while you can!
Another rare find on the banks of Grizzly Creek, a beautiful little member of the harebell family, called Calico Flower, or Downingia.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I went up to the lake yesterday to check conditions after last weeks snow storm, I was greeted by 26 degree temps and freezing fog on the water. The roads are fine and all the snow is gone. I fished Cow south and got to my favorite point. Water temps at 8:30am were 50.3 degrees rising to 55.6 by 1pm. No bug activity, and very few risers. The pods of rainbows I had been fishing to using the dry, are gone. Fished a Sheep Creek special in a size 10 for an hour and not a bump.
Madison soaked in the warmth of the sun but was not pleased by my lack of catching. He reminded me that after the first rain the fish smell that new sweet water and like to gang up in the north end of the lake - We were gone!
I did more scouting today than fishing, and the fish are on the move after the storm. I C&R 4 rainbows in 25 minutes on the Sheep Creek special. fish ranged from 16-17 inches and were clean - No parasites. Give the fish a week or so to adapt to the new water temps and the fishing will only improve. I was going to fish today but this surprise rain storm halted my trip, but there are many days left to get out there and touch a few fish.