Saturday, March 30, 2013
"This Place Still Sucks"
Earlier at work a coworker of Chul's told him to avoid that lake. We should have listened to him. The lake is located right next door to Raging Waters but the only thing raging yesterday was our tempers. After having spent over 45 minutes driving around the lake making a entire loop before finding the appropriate place to launch the pram all the while running into staff members that were less than helpful, we finally launched the boat. Stressed and pissed from all the headaches, we finally made it to the water, we fly fish to relieve stress not induce it. Not a good start. Casts after lousy casts we would occasionally get a strike in the most inopportune time missing fish when they chose to strike. After hours of wind pushing us around, we made it to a protective cove that allowed us to make a decent drift.
Chul tied on a gurgler popper and I suggested we move to a submerged tree. After a cast or two I heard some splashing so I turned my head and saw Chul on a bass. I helped land his fish and then weighed him on the boga. At just under 2 pounds, this female was ready to burst with her fat belly. She had inhaled the fly deep, but thankfully the fish was unharmed. After releasing her I tied a fly pattern from Japan, the Floating Minnow Fly, that Koji gave me last summer on my 150 grain line. I lost a bass on my first cast with this setup and another on my third before it was time to get the boat out of the water.