It was a slow first week of June at the lake. With the rain
that we have had there is too much stuff washed into the
lake. I also found out that one of the dams at the north end
of the lake that was set up to be like a settling pond had
been breached. There are no plans to fix this breach, so
all the water that runs off the fields has a straight shot into
Visibility is still very poor. So I am using bright flies to get
as much flash as I can out of them. Hopefully this will make
them more visible. I am not sure that it helps when the water
is this dirty, but it sure makes me feel better to think that I
am doing all I can to make the fly visible to fish.
I am using a Cyperts minnow and a silver Goldie Jr. Both
are bright flies that will reflect any light that gets into the water.
I have the whole area to fish. I guess no one else is dumb
enough to be out fishing after all the rain we have had. But
the best time to go fishing is when you can.
I pick up a fish here and there as I fish along the jetty. I
also pick up a few when I move over to the flat and fish
it. Not many fish at any place, but enough to keep me
trying. I will admit that I would still be trying, even if I
had not caught any fish.
I do know that the fish I catch are all hooked while the
fly is in the top few feet of water.
I have no idea if the fish are coming up from below the
fly to take it or are at that depth. I just know that it is
usually one fish to an area and then move on.
Tuesday night we had a "frog strangler" rain. We also
had a tornado about 6 miles west of us and some rotation
in the clouds south of us. We left the house and went to
the church. Our house does not have a basement. The
church is also a much stouter building than our house.
We waited until the rain has slowed down a lot before
we headed home. The water was puddled in any place
that was low. It was still running off some of the fields
and washing over the road. Not more than an inch or
two, but still a lot of water came down.
I caught two fish on Thursday and on Friday also. The
wind was also blowing about 30 mph each day. I am
not the best caster into the wind in any case, but it sure
is hard to try to keep a fly level when the line is moving
up and down so much. Out on the more open part of
the lake there were whitecaps.
I felt fairly good about even catching the fish that I did.
Not very good conditions, but I still got a few. Hopefully
the rain will slow down over the whole Midwest.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick Zieger