Trip Report Hiking into the desert in search of water

Buzzy

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@Engee and I decided to try our luck fishing a lake new to us.
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It was blowing pretty hard in Ephrata when Engee picked me up and I'm not much of a fan of float tube fishing when Mariah is acting up but it wasn't too bad when we got to the trail head.
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It took maybe five minutes for Engee to stick the first fish. It wasn't a large trout but was strong and jumped four times.
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Hero shot, he wet his hands before picking it up, that's what you have to do when you don't have a net.
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I have a net. If this trout has ever been hooked before, I saw no sign of it and it had never been in a net.
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I started fishing with two rods strung; one with a type-7 full sink, the other with my Coastal QuickShooter I-line. I came ashore and rerigged the I-line to a floating line and knotted up a leader about 16 feet long with a QR indicator. I'm becoming a fan of Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon (8# in this case) and used the fluoro to loop knot a size 10 olive jig with black pine squirrel tail. This lake has a couple little shoals with several nice drop offs. The jig worked pretty well when I set it at 10-feet and slowly jigged my way along the drop offs. 10-feet seemed to be the zone where the trout were. Like @Irafly, I really enjoy indicator fishing, especially when the indicator disappears frequently.
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Only saw one deer, one coyote, no wolves, no cougars (till we got to Soap Lake), a few mosquitoes (they like Engee), no ticks and no rattlers.
 
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Salmo_g

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If you find water, I think, technically speaking, it's not a desert. Nice looking lake though. Looks like fun, providing the wind they call Mariah doesn't make to much of an appearance.
 

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