I'm afraid that Old Man is not the one to ask unless he had a better day on sat or sun. The weather was beautiful on Thrus and Friday. Almost too hot. I'd venture that fishing was just fair unless you count the dark hours. Let Backyard fill you in on that. :thumb:
Had a good time on caught a few fish both Friday and Saturday. Talked to friends both new and old and exchanged a little information back and forth. Another great get together though a little more mellow then some in the past but its all good and with a few kids and wifes at the event this time its most likely for the best..
Wish I could have got more fishing time in on Saturday but since the day fishing Friday had been slow me and my partner took about a 3 hour nap at the launch. After heading back out for a while the wind and rain came in driving us and most others off the lake. This made for quite a bit of a mad house at the launch with so many crafts coming into the launch at once but at least for me after most others had headed back to camp made for quite the laugh and no one seemed to get a broken rod in the panic and all just got a little wet . I did not head back out fishing till almost dark for some night time fun. Never found the big browns but did get one small brown along with many average sized bows and one very nice sized bow.
Note fishing Dry falls is still good and the dam lake does not need to be rehabilitated in any way. The fish are still there and nice a fat from feeding well and there are still plenty around. The fish are just a little smarter from having been caught a released a few times over the years is all and its not the easy game it was, but that just makes the catching that much more rewarding and is not a reason to kill off the lake and replant. I also saw a small yellow rig that seemed to be from the parks department spraying but only along the trails up to the lake and not around the lake itself. I saw it once in the park but it was not spraying at the time.
Glad to meet the new people at the event and put a few new members faces to the names on the board. I hope everone got home safe and sound.
By the way did the Carp fish off happen on Sunday? I would have loved to see it but felt it was better to slowly drive home and stop a few places along the way, such as to watch the spawner Cutts down the road.
Yep, what a ride.... Backyard told me to fish it slow and hang on. I thought he was, well....being Backyard. So I slowly cruise by this point and Wham something jerks the line right out of my hand. So, I start to pay attention and hang on tight. Picked up 2 big bows and missed another take. Came back to camp around 10pm a happy man. I left Sat. late morning so I missed the storm. Did some exploring on the way home. Stayed Sat. night up by Stevens Pass got some rain there. It was great to meet some folks from the board and see the ones I met at Cowlitz again. All in all, a great trip.
It was great to come out and meet those that were there. I didn't actually meet backyard though, but I'm pretty sure I heard his drunken banter throughout the night. Fishing was slow for some, and hot for others. Definately, as hikepat said, there is no need to rehab the lake. The fish may be difficult to catch, but they're sure as hell in there.
Rest Assured !! There are no Rehab plans for Dry Falls, it's doing well. Fish are a little harder to come by then they were 2-3 years ago and maybe they're learning to distinguish between artificials and the real thing. When you have to work a little harder to connect it just makes it a more worthwhile experience.
Zen, for what it is worth here is a story for you personally. I met Mr. Daniels last fall and he came across as well, as well I cann't really describe it unless you have really met some non egotistical fishers.
The Yard as you call him or MR. Daniels as I call him may well be the next Haig Brown! Well if he doesn't get too much into himself.
But I will take him on any day and go fish. It isn't so much as catching fish as understanding what is going on. And Mr. Daniels looks at what is happening. He is a great observer, and has humility too boot.