Nunnally report; choker brown!

Ron Olsen

Active Member
#1
Made the trip to Nunnally Friday. Heavy rain upon arrival, but cleared out in an hour and turned out to be a nice day. Lots of 12 to 15" fish, a few larger. Very strong trout. Water clear, 61.4 degrees. Light winds. Callibaetis hatch on the east end and in Bobby, but only smaller fish. Chiro hatch, size 32 or so...... The lake is now surrounded by reeds, Russian Olive and willow. Very hard to launch a pontoon from the usual western spot; can be done, just veer left at water edge. Best with two folks, but alas this was a solo trip. One other guy there, who launched from the west end. Drove right to the lake. No gate, and the signs were "painted over so I couldn't read them." Go figure.
OK, so the bigger fish were deep. Had best success casting a type 4 full sink from 15' into 20+ and stripping about as fast as you can pull. Lots of work but that is what it took. Thin mint and a sunfish imitation self tied. One really nice fish. Old Buster Brown (Tiger?) measured at 26". My biggest from this lake ever, and started fishing here in the 60's. Wanna guess the weight?

Ron
 

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skyrise

Active Member
#2
Ron, nice fish.
since you have been fishing this lake for so long, what do you think of the changes to these lakes over the years ? i have only been fishing them since the early 80's.
 

ryfly

Addicted to flyfishing
#12
That is a monster tiger. Note the vermiculation pattern on the body. If it was a brown it would be spotted only. Just remember that a tiger is the result of a cross between a brown and a brookie so it will resemble both fish.
 

Starman77

Active Member
#13
Fantastic Tiger! What a thrill that must have been! Thanks for sharing the report and photo!

I'd also guess it was around 6 pounds; did you weigh it?

Rex
 

Ron Olsen

Active Member
#14
I did not weigh the fish, but it sure felt north of six pounds. So wide, and a very broad head. The net is actually fairly large, but the fish larger..!..
Have seen a lot of change at Nunnally through the years. Used to camp on the shore, three fish over 12" limit, season matched lowland lakes. Almost no weeds. Could walk the edge and fish almost anywhere, wade out a bit in places; rocky bottom. All that has changed. Heavy growth in the lake and along the edges, and the fish don't seem as strong.

Used to get into the backing regularly but can now play off the reel. Not this bad boy BTW. Fought like a chinook, long deep runs with stready pull into the backing, then came to surface way out and did a few half ass jumps. Great fun.

Ron