Sorry for the lack of posts, but between all the work and wind there hasn’t been a lot of time on the water for me. I hit Becker with Charlie yesterday and we got almost three hours in before the wind forced us off. We both landed some nice 16″-18″ rainbows on hoppers and of course missed a few as well. He landed a nice 18″ Tiger that was the big fish of the morning. The water is up and reeeaaally clear.
I have hit Big Lake three times with some seriously good fishermen and the biggest fish any of us caught were 14″ Bonnevilles. There were some Snake River cutt’s in South Cove but not many were landed. I’m not really sure how many are left in Big. AZG&F hasn’t stocked the Snakes in three years so numbers are almost certainly down. For some reason the bigger Bonnevilles just haven’t come in yet??? …as of a week ago. The water is as good as I’ve seen in years and is up. Eventually it will turn on. This Spring has been surprisingly cold at times and the wind has been continuing even into this month?? Life in the mountains…love it.
Show Low has still been putting out some fatty smallmouth. With the wind kicking up all the time, it has been my go to, even if I only get a few hours on it
Wish I had a better report but with the rez shut down, it definitely limits our choices. One good thing about the shutdown is the fish should be in good shape once it reopens….let’s hope sooner than later
Joe came up Wednesday night to fish Thursday-Saturday. We hit Show Low first thing Thursday am to a nice day comparably to what has been going on up here wind wise. The weather had turned cool the previous couple days…cool enough that I actually turned my heat back on for a bit. I believe this contributed to the slow early fishing that day. That and the fact that we switched to a fly they wanted…a Dk Olive Jiggly. This was my main fly last season with the stained water. Earlier this season I switched to a Copper/Olive Diamond Dub Jiggly that worked well too but not that morning. Once we found something they wanted we proceeded to have a good day….probably 14-15 smallies between us, a walleye, nice holdover trout and a green sunfish. I love Show Low for it’s diversity.
No really big smallies but several 2-2.5 lbr’s that fought like the usual SL smallie.
Next day we hit Big Lake to see what was going on troutwise. I hadn’t had any good reports yet on the lake but it was time to start playing with the trout. We hit South Cove first thinking the trout may still be deeper and that cove has better access to deep water…wrong…nada, not a bump. Off to old faithful Railroad. We met Tim there and fished with him for awhile, landing a couple 14″ rainbows. Tim didn’t have much time so Joe and I headed around the corner to the next cove (not really sure what it is called) and got into some fish there stripping BH Flashback PT’s. Joe landed 4 brookies and I got a Bonnieville Cutt about 14″ and a brookie. Not what you’d call on fire but at least some action. Didn’t see much else going on so we hit Show Low again Saturday…..loving that 7 minute drive.
Tim and Bob Boyd met us at the lake and we were into fish almost immediately. Bob landed several really nice females. The one at the top went a good 5 lbs and fought him like a tuna…..on the Dk Olive Jiggly again. I could hear him screaming “where’s my 8 wt?” We didn’t get a lot of pics because we were spread out pretty good….but we caught a lot of fish that morning. Tim got a nice 2.5 lmb which is pretty rare for that lake. I landed the fattie above, a female that looked like she was ready to burst.
A very nice three days of fishing with some gooood weather. This wind usually starts dying down about now. Which is great because I plan to keep hitting Show Low for the big girls that will be coming in soon.
With the virus keeping us homebound, it’s time to tie flies. This was the case all last month as April was the busiest month I have ever had with materials. Great for the wallet but tough for the fishing experiences. I didn’t have much time to hit the water lately. Some early season trips to Becker with some good/bad success was about it. I have had some luck fishing Show Low lately for the smallies. They have just started to play this past week. You usually get two-three hours before the wind gets you.
Water temps are starting to warm so this should be fun for the next month or so. Carnero is the hot spot right now. Fish are being caught on small nymphs and simi’s stripped. Holdovers 16″-17″ are taking smallish top water flies as well. Big Lake fish are still out deep so a deep water nymphing trip is in the future. I just need to find a day where the wind will let me play more than two hours. I tried my hand at the grassies in rainbow and got totally spanked. They average 24″s and are everywhere. Another new project. Love it!
Hopefully I’ll have some trout pics next report. It’s just so easy to hit SL….seven minutes away and those smallies are some kind of fight.