Archive for the 'Lakes & Reservoirs' Category

30
Jul
15

afternoon breeze….

summertime lakeside

afternoon winds pushing waves 

cold feet in the heat

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08
Feb
15

Free to move about….

untethered, detached 

floats the lily pad atop

free to drift and see

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07
Jan
15

Cattails

The Fall wind rustles

the cattails sway and chatter

looking so unkempt

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04
Jan
15

Gosling Field Trip…

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‘When the goose trusts the fox then woe to her neck.’

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30
Sep
12

Lake Stratifications and Fall Turnover

Good info to study re the thermocline and where fish won’t be as well as the Spring and Fall ‘turnover’ which could influence when you fish or how well you fish.

TURNOVER                                  THERMOCLINE                               THERMOCLINE

I always find this whole lake turnover event fascinating having witnessed it a few times. If you don’t recognize it for what it is you will swear your seeing things as stuff bubbles up and the lake almost visibly swirls. Lakes also turnover in the Spring or early Summer (more good lake info)

13
Jul
12

Crappies & Small Baitfish Flies

Crappies love streamer patterns and lures that represent baitfish. TMuncy with a Minnesota Crappie (L. Traverse)

Any pattern that suggest a bait fish or minnows is suitable for Crappies. Flash, movement and sihlouette are the primary triggers to provoke strikes from Summer time Crappies. Yes, the Crappie can be taken with a horizontal presentation. Vertical is not the only way. SwittersB

06
Jan
12

Longing for……………

A warm Fall day. The crowds gone. Rustling reeds, a brush of warm breeze across the face. Anticipation for the take. No one around. Like your own private lake with a cabin on the hill in the distance amongst the Ponderosa. Bliss!

05
Jan
12

Stillwater fly fishing observations

My son, Tony, enjoying 'the moment' with an East Lake (Oregon) fish.

I came upon this old pic of one of my sons on East Lake. I have to say I am as partial to the puzzle of a lake as to dissecting a stream or river. A few observations about the above pic: Tony has two rods out on the lake. The one being used, carries a floating line and the second rod appears to have a clear Intermediate line. You will more often than not see him working the surface and just below with the floating line, where as I almost always stay with the Intermediate. 

The pontoon sports 7′ composite oars by Buck’s Bags (maker of the pontoon boat). The ‘toons come with 6’ silver oars that are adequate but for pulling across big lakes, the longer, heavier oars are hard to beat.

He also has an anchor rigged up. Not the commercial set ups that are available and probably fine, but instead a bucket in back carries a 5# pryamid anchor attached to a poly rope. When the wind really kicks up and one wants to stay in the zone without kicking, the anchor on 40′ of rope provides a secure contact point with the bottom. We have rolled and bobbed through many 1-2 foot rollers in fairly secure fashion and haven’t hung up yet.

The vessel has larger than factory issue side pouches for storing gear. This better facilitates storing larger gear like clothing and too many fly boxes, water bottles, floatation device. The factory standard cargo pouches are not too bad but I prefer the larger ones for all day outings far from camp or the rig.

There are some reflective tape dots on the back of the seat for all the good it might do to assist speed boats moving across a lake at last light back to the ramp.

Lastly, while playing a fish, a large fish, be careful with that tip dipping down and back under the boat. Make sure, in advance that the drag is loose, not tight and be prepared as it runs to play stripped in line up through the guides in a gentle but yielding way to get the fish onto the reel. If the reel’s drag stays too tight and the fish surges as in the pic, you could suddenly have a broken rod tip.

Now none of that had anything to do with the usual what, where and how considerations of presentation. But, I noticed the pic and decided to note those things we all do to our gear, boat, pontoon, float tube that add that little extra degree of hoped for efficiency. 

17
Sep
11

Ancient Lakes Dried Up (Salton Sea?)

Lake Lahotan (Western Nevada) the Salton Sea set in the green basin of Southern California now

There is some interesting history about ancient lakes that dried up over the course of thousands of years. Currently, the Salton Sea, Aral Sea, Mono Lake are examples of lakes that are reportedly shrinking and providing alarming concerns about the man made and natural chemical’s airborne dust possibly causing illness and cancer risks. I am hesitant to use the might’s, could’s and maybe’s re eco disaster. But, there are some substantive studies in Russia re the Aral Sea (which was the fourth biggest lake in the world…no more) and cancers/birth defects. Of particular importance here, is the Salton Sea. Lake Lahotan was a different story but equally fascinating.  (Also, see Land Art)   (Salton Sea & Dust/Wind Pollutants)

03
Sep
11

Yellow Water Lily Umbrellas

A Yellow Water Lily on a late Summer afternoon on an Oregon lake. Big trout cruised beneath, toward the reeds, looking for those emerging damsels and dragons.




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