Chopaka Report

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  1. chief

    chief Active Member

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    Nuff said.............
     
  2. Tony the Trout

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    LOL!! Great report :thumb: I have some parachute adams' in my fly box in a similar state of disrepair from my May trip out there. Was hoping to go this month but it ain't gonna happen. :( Glad you had a good trip.

    Tony
     
  3. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Chomp, chomp, set!
     
  4. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    Where's the report. All I see are some poorly tied flies;) Hit the brush too many times on your backcast?
     
  5. Caveman

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    I Guess PT has never been to Chopaka ot understand.
     
  6. Ed Call

    Ed Call Uber Trill Moderator Staff Member

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    Interesting assumption.

    I gather more that PT might be wondering where the reoprt is...nuff said.
     
  7. Kim Hampton

    Kim Hampton Not Politically Correct

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    Damn!! One of my most favorite places. Wish I were there instead of where I'm at.
     
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    I spy one "dry" fly and three "wet" flies. Where have all the feathers gone? Long time passin'. SS
     
  9. chief

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    OK, here's the report. The crowd's have thinned out and the fish are hungry. There were no significant hatches, and not many fish rising. We fished the reed lines and the shallow end with mostly bunny leeches in white or black. We caught fish consistantly throughout the day. We like to let the day unfold at a leisurely pace so we didn't rush onto the water in the morning we fished mostly from about 10AM to cocktail hour.......

    One thing I will mention is that I came away with a concern that the lake has been overstocked since the rehab. The smaller fish up to 18" have adequate girth and put up a good fight, but many of the carryover fish from last year - the 19"-23" fish had big heads and snaky bodies. I mean snaky to the point you would hook them and then skim them across the surface to land them as fast as you can strip in your line. No fight, no runs, no jumps, just a hard take and then yard them in. At first I thought that maybe it was from overhandling and limited to specific fish being damaged from catch and release, but as we caught more fish the trend started to become pretty apparent. My buddy I was fishing with knows the biologist for the area and was planning on talking to him, but I haven't heard anything back yet. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has noticed this? I have been making and annual Fall trip to Chopaka since 1995, so I do have a fairly good "sample" to compare my findings too.

    To me there are very few places as inspiring as Chopaka in the Fall, when there is just enough crispness in the air to make you want to breath it all in before Winter comes. All in all it was a great trip in a beautiful setting and I am grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy it.
     
  10. Caveman

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    I felt the same way ever since they restocked the lake. There are way to many fish in that lake. I felt that the hatches are not as good as they used to be, but I think they will come back slowly too. I was there earlier this year and catching 30 to 40 fish a day was way to easy at that lake. Hope things will flatten out and get better.

    Adam
     
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    Absolutely spot on observation. I was there two weeks at the end of Sept, 1st of Oct with club members from Wenatchee FF. We have since had many a discussion and come to the conclusion that overstocking is putting to much competition on the food supply. Blue lake in the Sinlahekin has gone the same route but a season or two ahead of Chopaka. We're hard pressed to find the bigger fish in Blue like we had 2 seasons back, tons of 12"-14" though. With the same management at Chopaka, I think we are in for the same results.

    Mark
     
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    If you guys think that the fish are stunted from overpopulation, don't blame the WDFW for stocking the lake. Instead use the tools that you have at your disposal. There is a one fish per day limit. When you have landed your 30th fish and are done fishing for the day, take one back to camp and have it for dinner or breakfast. SS
     
  13. PT

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    Thanks for the report. I made my spring trip to the lake and had great fishing but haven't been there this fall. That's enough to get me away from the rivers for a couple days.
     
  14. Trout Master

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    I was at Big Twin in Winthrop this weekend and the fish were snakes, big head and skinny bodies. Same cookie cutter size 16 to 17 ", . Havent seen that in awhile looks like a problem in the Okanagan. Chief I tye the same leeches in size 14 to 16 and they work great in the shallows.
     
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    Nice pre and post flies... Maybe the report should've been titled CHOMPAKA