WOW! 2

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#1
Inspired by James' post yesterday, Ira and I met up with a buddy of mine (Greg) and fished a private lake we'd heard about, but never fished.

I had not even wetted a line when Ira hooks into a nice big rainbow, and then he kept that pace all day. There are distinct age classes in this lake and it was planted again this month. I don't have a tape to measure fish in the pram I used today, but the big fish were 22 - 23 inches I think Ira said.

I landed about half as many as Ira did, but I took fish on a dry fly, skating dry, indicator, trolled indicator, trolled dry, and on the strip. Hot fly for big fish was a big black bunny hair leach. I also did well with the Chubby Chernobyl and Ira's legged jig fly from a recent swap.

I'll let Ira fill in the details, but here are a few fish photos.
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GAT

Dumbfounded
#7
I had access to a wonderful, private, flyfishing only facility. There were many 8 pound trout in the lake... similar to the photos shown above.

I almost cried when the guy sold the lakes (there were three) and the new owner had no interest in fishing.... much less, flyfishing.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#8
I had access to a wonderful, private, flyfishing only facility. There were many 8 pound trout in the lake... similar to the photos shown above.

I almost cried when the guy sold the lakes (there were three) and the new owner had no interest in fishing.... much less, flyfishing.
Now I see the interest in pay for play lakes. I am frugal to a fault, but catching big fish in a lake that has very few anglers is awesome and could be worth the $$ on occasion.
To have that close to home and sold out from under you would be a heart breaker.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#9
That was wicked fun today, I loved going into it with zero expectations and then simple being blown away. I landed 4 over 20" today and countless more in the 16-18" line class. There were enough of the fresh stockers to keep things fairly consistent. One of the coolest things though happened near the end when I was trolling my indicator rod and the fish were for whatever reason tremendously interested in the indicator. While it waked behind me the fish would hit it and then hit the fly below it. It was wild there for awhile.

A truly great day.
 

Drifter

Active Member
#10
Yep gotta love private lakes! first one I fished was in Idaho and I hooked my first fish and finally stopped his first run, well, til I looked at the bank and and realized I was being towed in my toon. talk about being spoiled!

Nice fish and pics guys!
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#12
The beauty of private lakes is they normally hold very large trout. Over the years, I've fished three different private lake operations, I've never regretted a cent.

I kind'a like catching steelhead size trout in lakes. The reason I turned to flyfishing lakes is because the trout grow larger in the lakes in Oregon than they do in the rivers.

Private lakes certainly don't equate to easy catching... in fact, it is sometimes more difficult to catch trout in a private facility than a planted, public lake. After awhile, the trout wise up so you need to fish for them with every trick in your tactic book. I also like that part of the deal.

The trout also loose as impressive as the devil in photos and you don't even need PhotoShop to help out! :)
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#13
That was wicked fun today, I loved going into it with zero expectations and then simple being blown away. I landed 4 over 20" today and countless more in the 16-18" line class. There were enough of the fresh stockers to keep things fairly consistent. One of the coolest things though happened near the end when I was trolling my indicator rod and the fish were for whatever reason tremendously interested in the indicator. While it waked behind me the fish would hit it and then hit the fly below it. It was wild there for awhile.

A truly great day.
Again with the trout hitting the indicator. I tell ya, they do that just to mess with us! :)
 
#14
Hey just for curiosity's sake, how big was that private lake(acreage and depth)? I'm planning on building a pond in the next few years and stocking it with trout. Gotta see if I can grow some 10 pounders! I had a small bass pond on my property when I was in high school... nothing more relaxing than coming home from a long day and winding down on your own private pond.