Tomorrow’s Fly Fishers!

Generation has been a bit erratic over the past week.  Over the weekend, good wading water from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.  Monday, there waas a small window early in the morning before they turned it on at 6:00 until about 9:00 a.m.  Stayed off until 5:00 p.m. and basically did not shut down again until Tuesday about 11:00 p.m.  Wednesday was a full day of wadeable water until 7:00 p.m.  Today is another story.  Projection was for three hours of generation this morning and then off until 7:00 p.m.  So far, they started up about when they projected, but it had not yet shut down, as projected, when I checked at 11:00 a.m.  Instead, they cut back to a low one generator.  That’s wadeable and a really a good drift!

Gina and Carolyn both got to spend time on the water these past few days with what we hope are tomorrow’s fly fishers….if we did our jobs right!  Both Monday and Tuesday, Carolyn had Lisa and her son, Nick, from St. Louis out for half-day trips.  Nick has done some fly fishing with his uncle, Mike from

Nick - 19" rainbow - 3/21/11

Oklahoma.  Lisa has not been fly fishing a some time.  After a little refresher on casting, we went to work catching fish.  Monday was Nick’s day.  He caught lots of fish, including one beautiful 19 incher.  Lisa caught the most fish on Tuesday, especially when she started stripping an olive bug-eyed bugger below Lookout Island.  She really like this kind of fishing.  Other good patterns were the primrose & pearl and red midges.  Two fun days and they both seemed to really enjoy fly fishing.  

Tuesday, Gina had Eric and his son, Quinn who are from Illinois, out for a half day.  This was Quinn’s first fly fishing outing.  Hopefully, Eric has a new fly fishing buddy.  After a little work on helping Quinn get a fly into the water, and recognizing a strike, Quinn landed his first fish on a fly rod.  Quinn had a little trouble handling the rod, but he could certainly set a hook, play the fish and bring it into the net!  Patterns were the floozie, red and rusty midges.

Quinn - 3/22/11

Eric - 19" Rainbow - 3/22/11

 

Wednesday, Carolyn spent the day with Jera and her son, Hunter from Kansas.  These two have been fishers, but are fairly new to fly fishing.  Of course we worked on casting, mending and some line management, but most of the day was spent catching.  Yesterday was a catching day on almost anything!  Carolyn introduced Jera to stripping a fly, which she really enjoyed.  Hunter even got into stripping after she started catching so many on the holographic green crackleback.  We also stripped the olive filoplume and threw the ruby and primrose & pearl midges.

Hunter - 17" Rainbow

Jera - 3-23-11

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