Left handed Gemini.
I moved off of the peninsula a couple of years ago and now Lone has become what I consider my home lake I really enjoy fishing this lake its not any easier to get to than some of the lakes on the peninsula that I learned to fly fish on and I do miss Cady although I fished it for 20 years and watched it as it declined with bitterness and disappointment till I can no longer fish there but that's another story. Now Lone is the lake that gets my heart beating fast the scenery is gorgeous, the fish healthy and fat with a good biosphere to support them and even though I've been fishing it now for a couple of years there is still much to be learned and experienced when it comes to fishing this lake so here's my thoughts and observations for this week take it for what you will. I arrived fairly early 8 a few others with prams arriving right behind me jockeying for position at the launch as I got set up, I finally broke down and have started bringing 2 rods and am considering a third just to cover my bases, I used to just carry spare spools with the lines I would need switching as or when I thought the situation required it, but let me tell you having another rod strung up for chironomids has become a staple in my arsenal and in a pinch I can cut the tippet back and use it for fishing dries that's where the possible 3rd rod comes in. I had decided that I would mostly fish chironomids today having found a couple of places on the lake that have been productive in the past, different places for me at least, I usually head to a couple other well known areas to fish but today I wanted to change up and try something different. The water temps were hovering around 47 a couple of degrees warmer than last week and there were bugs visibly coming off so my hopes were high as I started out across the lake to my chosen area, I use a fish finder and as I slowly made way working a small leech along I was marking fish but it was sporadic, then I notice a difference in the surface of the lake shit there were fish cruising and feeding not going for adults but subsurface, this changed my whole freaking game plan instantly, fish and fish I could see and cast to, mental drool, broke out the chironomid set up pulled the indicator off and started trying different patterns none with any great success, a fish here a fish there, couldn't get dialed in spent a good couple of hours trying but nothing seemed to be the answer, the indicator was soon replaced on my line and a balance leach brought a couple more to hand but the fish were still laughing at me and my offerings, I hesitate to admit that through all of this I made a couple of glaring mistakes 1. I never took a throat sample 2. I ignored completely the fact that my fish finder was telling me that there were fish cruising and feeding all around me 3 to 4 feet off of the bottom. I wanted those subsurface fish and in my obsession went for the much harder targets, I finally came to my senses and took a sample from a very healthy fat fish set my indicator to the correct depth and started to consistently get into fish, had an excellent rest of my day catching hard fighting fish, moved once to check out another area and promptly took a sample figured out the correct depth and continued to have a blast. Once I had done all of this I made very few fly changes I knew the size and color that the fish were feeding on and even though there were a few different bugs coming off the fish seemed to be keying in on only one of them, the samples I took were incredible the fish were just gorging themselves on a #20 sized dark olive chironomid exclusively and oddly enough never below about 3 feet off the bottom it was crazy. I left about 2:30 after a fine day of fishing with a few obvious lessons learned, not saying I wouldn't do exactly the same thing again its hard for me to resist visible fish but who knows maybe, different day different results. I got home checked the mail and my copy of the new stillwater book had arrived another thing I can't resist a new book on a subject I enjoy and its a pretty good one too.