Damn, I drove up to one of my local lakes yesterday, Failor Lake, on Rayonier tree farm property, and as I went in, I thought I saw a red dot on the sign by the open gate. (Red dot means no entry by the general public in motor vehicles). I ignored what I thought I saw and kept driving in as the lake is still open. "WTF?" I thought. The lake is open for fishing until 10/31. Can they do this? Hardly anybody is fishing the lake now. Everyone is going after salmon. EXCEPT, that is, for me and a couple other people who love to fish for trout. I think I am going to have to start lobbying to keep these places open to the public, as it seems like access is being denied to more and more good fishing spots by private tree farms like Weyerhauser and Rayonier. I'm going to call Rayonier and ask them about this. By the way, there was a chironomid hatch going off when I arrived at about 2:30pm. Good sized black ones! Lots of 'em. Rise rings everywhere. Got two (one bow, one cutt) skating a #12 black gnat. Fun takes on those! There was little wind, and half the lake's surface was completely glassy. The trout were eating emergers struggling to get through the film. They were spooky, and I could barely get to within 40 feet. I fished a black chironomid near the surface to no avail. Tried a trimmed down Doc Sprately. No go. Ended up casting my "Failor Lake Special" #10 Halloween Bugger with a clear intermediate line over the rings and stripping it back in a bit, pausing a while to let it sink again, then stripping some more, pausing to let it sink again. This worked to get some good takes. Missed 2/3 of 'em, though. The pausing seemed to be an important part of the equation. I had three fat 13" - 14" stocker bows go absolutely nuts with the aerial display. One jumped pretty high 6 times! On the way out, I stopped at the gate and checked the entry sign. Yep, red dot. Gotta go make that call!