Lenice

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Greg Moore, May 19, 2002.

  1. bugbitten

    bugbitten New Member

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    just typed in a great message for you and then I think I dumped it before sending...here's an abbreviated version:

    The wind blew hard all day, we got on the lake about noon, tried a variety, hooked up a nice brown on a damsel nymph. When the wind did calm (about 3 times for 10 minutes) the fish were rising. Hooked up but lost one on a bwo. This was my second trip - first was in March. Always fished rivers so am learning the lake scenario and having a blast. Float tubes are a kick. We did cross paths with a rattle snake just past the cliff heading to the left end at the corner. It was coiled and rattling under a bush. Had the pleasure of catching the first, biggest and most (this was my buddy's first time and he had hand surgery last week) but hate to admit that 1 fish was all it took for the hat trick. He wasn't suppose to get the bandage wet so he wrapped it in cellophane but it didn't help when he took a dip trying to get into his tube and plunged the hand into the water and down into the muck. Got stuck for an hour on the way home on the overpass just after the Snoqualmie Ski area - semi vs motorhome. Got out as I had to pee and went behind a semi in the outside lane which provided a perfect screen. Gravity prevailed and I came back around just in time to watch the stream flow towards a woman standing outside of her car talking on a cell....in her bare feet! I was able to rush back into the car before impact and my buddy and I watched as she looked down and realized what had just happened. Haven't laughed so hard in a long time and the best part is she didn;t know who had done it. Made it home, kissed the wife, tucked in the kids and figured you might have been on. We had a great time and adventure despite the high winds and lack of hookups but can't wait for the next trip over. Keep me posted. Ken
     
  2. Greg Moore

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    Winds are already dying down some and tomorrow is suppose to be fairly nice. My buddy and I are heading up. I'll fill you in on what happens tomorrow night.

    Greg
     
  3. jus2fish

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    Hi; I enjoy reading the posts. I am heading to join the crowds this weekend at or near Lenice. Can anyone suggest places to camp within 25 miles or so of Lenice. Also if the wind is to much any other lakes to travel from there would be appreciated. I will let everyone know how my son and I did when we return.
    Thanks;
    Jus2fish
     
  4. ray helaers

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    The chaps who decided not to go on Tues made the right call. We went with our own porta-crowd: one novice, one moderately experienced angler, three of the best fly-fishers in the Northwest, and me. We got spanked pretty hard. I don't believe I've ever actually been skunked at Lenice before. Nobody touched a thing. The wind blew too hard to kick a float tube against all day.

    We did have rising fish against the bank just west of the main launch as we got in the water. Being the gracious blowhard that I am, I left them to two of the other guys, with some unsoliocited advice, while I paddled off to find my own fortunes. I found nothing but whitecaps over the back of my tube, while those two knuckleheads had rising fish for a couple hours in the small lees against the south-west bank and never turned a one. Being the petty blowhard that I am, I console/berate myself with the conviction that had I stayed, I could have shown them how it's done.

    Finally moved down to the extreme south-west corner where there was some respite from the gales. Fished the flats and the drop-offs to no avail. Never even saw a fish swimming around under the fins, considered giving the channel cove a go, but I couldn't make myself paddle back out iinto the waves. Sticking around till dark might have pulled something out, but I wasn't prepared to endure any more abuse. I left thinking that I used to be pretty good at this.

    May brave the crowds this weekend to get back up on this damned horse.
     
  5. Greg Moore

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    Thursday report. Weather was very nice - high 60's, off and on clouds and sun, very little wind. We started fishing around 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. and got out of the water at about 7:00p.m. As I like to say - the fishing was good but the catching was slow! Not much surface action. My fishing buddy caught and landed 6 fish (5 rainbows in the 18-20" range and 1 tiger trout in the 16" range) all with some type of nymph (black chronomids mostly). I had three hook ups and had all three break off (one wind knot breakage). I was using 6 X tippet and the other two break offs were my fault. I tried to set the hook too hard - I jerked one way and the fish went the other and the tippet was too light to do that. All my short term hook ups were also with nymphs.

    Oh well, one of these days I'll learn. Not many others on the lake but I'm sure it will pick up over the three day weekend.
     
  6. Al

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    Fished Lenice Friday, the 24th. It was a very nice day with temperatures near 80ยบ and little wind. I don't think the fish were used to this. There were a few damsels and even less Callabaetis on the water, so there was very little surface activity. Three of us landed 3 fish on either damsels or Chronomids in very shallow water. We were wading the shore line to the east end. One of the slowest days I can remember!

    Al: :pROFESSOR