2nd Chance At Lenore

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by JMitchell, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. JMitchell

    JMitchell Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    187
    Media:
    17
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Selah, wa
    Fortuitously I was unexpectedly given the day off. I decided to try and redeem myself at Lenore...wise choice.

    Arrived at 1pm, nobody home. Had it all to myself entire day, 1 spin fisher from shore throwing spoons.

    If you look closely, you can see what the "money" fly was, no big surprise. I apologize for lack of creativity with pics, hard to do much more with one hand for the fish and one for the camera.

    I want to give a kudos to Pentax also. Dropped my Optio waterproof digital camera in the lake. I knew this would happen some day, today was the day. Underwater in 4-5ft deep for 5 minutes before I could snag it with the butt end of my rod. Still working like a charm, no damage to memory card!

    Fish were strong. One colored up male in the pics with jacked up face put up quite the fight, almost took me into backing-not quite though. Great day.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    3,442
    Media:
    41
    Likes Received:
    1,097
    Location:
    Moses Lake, WA
  3. SccrBecks08

    SccrBecks08 water-logged

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Steilacoom, WA
    Thank you for the report and pictures. I drive by that lake to fish other ponds in the area, but am always intimidated by the size and wind. Looks like you played the chironimid game well and brought in some lunkers. Jealousy exudes.
     
  4. Wayne Jordan

    Wayne Jordan Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,061
    Media:
    317
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks for the report. I'll probably head over with my 4 year old son tomorrow and give it a try from shore.
     
  5. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    3,940
    Media:
    118
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    Location:
    Everett, Washington, USA.
    Good old black and red, now bring on the crowds.
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    3,442
    Media:
    41
    Likes Received:
    1,097
    Location:
    Moses Lake, WA
    I see a trip in my future on Monday.
     
  7. JMitchell

    JMitchell Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    187
    Media:
    17
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Selah, wa
    Ira-

    That is why I hit this early, or on days that are windy or cold, NEVER on a friday or saturday. I do my best to try and avoid the horde.

    jarron
     
  8. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    Messages:
    2,777
    Likes Received:
    956
    Location:
    Columbia Basin
    Wow! Nicely done & gorgeous fish. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,437
    Media:
    6
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    I haven't fished Lenore in a couple years, and having a report like this make me wonder why it has been so long.
    There have been a couple times on the north end when the combat fishing was just ridiculous. I even tried moving away from the crowd one year, but every time I caught a few fish the entire armada came over and joined me again. I couldn't get away. I moved two or three times, always caught fish, and within a couple minutes also had 10 of my closest friends within 15 feet of me. Haven't been back since. If there are people there, you just have to go into it with the right frame of mind, or it will be miserable, even if you are catching a bunch of fish. If you do this it can be a lot of fun. You jsut generally don't go to Lenore for the pristine, solitude, relaxed fishing experience.
    Looks like you timed it just right for the catching and avoiding the crowds. Nice looking fish.
     
  10. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,612
    Media:
    24
    Likes Received:
    918
    Location:
    Edgewood, WA
    On behalf of us wet-siders, thanks for the report.
     
  11. JMitchell

    JMitchell Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    187
    Media:
    17
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Selah, wa
    Mike-

    you are exactly right. Frame of mind makes a big difference. If you expect to have a 100 yard buffer and a clear backcast, you will be extremely dissapointed most days. I usually go into Lenore expecting crowds, but that is part of the game. If i luck out and have it to myself, I just consider it a blessing.

    I hate that when guys move in once you catch a couple of fish, but come to expect it anymore. It is unlike any other place I fish, with 10-20 guys fishing the same 50 square ft of water at times. But again, the pay off is many times lots of big fish...If you don't go insane first.

    jarron
     
  12. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,437
    Media:
    6
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Jarron, you have the right mind-set for fishing Lenore!:)
    Glad you had one of the days where fishing and crowds cooperated!
     
  13. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    3,940
    Media:
    118
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    Location:
    Everett, Washington, USA.
    I might be a touch certifiable, but I kind off like the crowds. Attitude there is key. I have some great Lenore stories, but one of my favorites involves a guy and some very large rocks thrown my way.

    I might make it over again some day.
     
  14. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,617
    Media:
    147
    Likes Received:
    1,668
    Location:
    Grand Coulee, WA
    Damn Ira, don't leave us hanging. Sounds like a good story. I don't/won't fish in those crowded conditions.My friend drove by Lenore the other weekend and asked me why thirty guys would flyfish so crowded together. I couldn't give him a rational explanation, as there really is none.
     
  15. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2011
    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    720
    I have to agree with trip!
     
  16. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Messages:
    3,304
    Media:
    42
    Likes Received:
    1,630
    Pardon my ignorance but what is it about this lake that creates such crowds in small spaces? Is it small? Is there only select spots where the fish hang out? Never been there so I'm trying to wrap my mind around it.


    Great report
     
  17. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,437
    Media:
    6
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    No it is big lake, but the crowds are generally on the north end, which does narrow to almost a small cove. Also, the the fish seem to pod up. At times you can even see a large group all swimming together. If you catch one, you will probably catch a bunch. So in the fairly narrow north end, when one person catches a fish everyone swarms to that spot. Pretty humorous. Especially when one person leaves, catches a few, and everyone moves over to the new "hot spot" and at times circles up to fish over a small area where they think the fish are podding up.
     
  18. robl

    robl Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    Messages:
    426
    Media:
    143
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Richland WA
    Not too many folks today or yesterday. Surprising for a weekend. Just about had to call it due to the 30+ mph gust this morning but I'm glad we stuck it out. Great day!
     
  19. ribka

    ribka Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,470
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    E WA
    Nice job JM.

    way to redeem yourself!
     

Share This Page