5-27-04 - 2 Guides and a NEWB head out for MUSKIES!
Waters Fished: Silver Lake
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 5-27-04
Weather: Clear early, front moved through around 7:45 AM
Air Temp: 60's
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: HIGH
Water Color: stained, visibility a good 2-3 feet
Fish Species: Musky, Northern Pike & Largemouth Bass
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny and others...
Pattern Color: We tried all sorts of stuff!
Fishing Quality: Slow
Whoo hoo..MUSKY on the fly baby! It's not to often
I do this...well, actually....it's my first attempt. Rich
Brown dropped me an email asking if I'd like to join him and
Nardomarino before work to try for these toothy critters. Rich
regularly guides for Musky on-the-fly, Frank also happens to be
a hardcore bass-on-the-fly guy who doesn't mind targeting Pike and
Musky. So the odds were good that I'd get to at least see some action
as both are arguably more experienced when it comes to warmwater
gamefish on the fly.
Crashed at FAT's as always so I wouldn't miss the
4:00 AM wakeup call....BTW don't ever take a shower at FAT's. It
goes from scalding............to scalding. Instead of a normal control
I guess there's some delayed water pressure thing that controls
the hot water! I'd turn it and 30 seconds later the flow would drop
or raise, but the temperature stayed pretty much the same. What
a wicked trick to play on MP at 4:30 AM...that shower took like
1/2 an hour...stick my arm in just enough to get it went, then back
out..you get the picture. 4:45 AM Rich is yellin' through the door
"Let's go HIPPIE!"
I was awake and my skin was lobster red....time
to go fishin! We flew down to Silver Lake where Frank was already
waiting for us. A quick launch of Fat's Hyde Driftboat and we were
ready to pound the water!
We started heading west up the shoreline, trying
to stay on the weedline and eventually heading up to a rocky flat....nothing
panned out in the first hour.
Well, there was this one time when Rich was not
paying attention to his line, just dangling in the water, when a
BIG BOIL happened right where his lure was...he saw it and before
he could do ANYTHING about it, whatever it was had already left.
So by 6:30 or so we opted to motor across the lake
and try the opposite shore. Caddis were coming off everywhere in
the shallows, but not so much as a bluegill was rising.
It was while working the south shore that we had
some hope. I was casting and stripping, casting and stripping, casting
and stripping (you see a pattern here) and as I brought my fly in
close, I saw a dark shadow, almost more of a phantom, behind my
fly. It just as quickly disappeared, leaving me to muse out loud
"What the HELL was that?!"
"Follow" Rich and Frank both replied.
I'm not so sure, but visibility was only a couple feet, could've
been. Well next cast, it happened again. I go "this can't be
another follow", I still think my eyes were playing tricks
Rich however, had at least one confirmed follow.
He describes it as a "log" following your fly. I can't
say I saw any logs swimming around, just a dark spot in the water
behind my fly. No fishy outline, just a dark shadow that would be
there, and then not.
Well you can tell that this is going to be a day
of photos; we motor back across the lake around 8:00 and opt to
try the north shore again....this time I'm back at the oars, and
with the help of the drift/wind sock I'm free to take tons of pictures,
including the swan that was hanging around.
8:30 AM and it's time to pack up already....Frank
pulls the driftsock and I slowly row in. Rich calls last cast...makes
it, nothing happens, I guess that wasn't last cast.
As we're coming back into the launch through a
channel, both Frank and Rich work the edges of the cattails. At
this point Rich has some topwater bunny sculpin thing on, and as
he twitches it in a nice Largemouth hits it...and gets off. We all
muse that boating one fish "would've been nice" but hey,
the water in the lake is up a good foot, clarity is down, we're
still feelign the effects of last weekend's rain (and more is on
They say Musky are the fish of 1000 casts...or
is it 10,000. Well, I'm not sure any of us made it up to the 1000
cast mark this morning...let's hope the casts we put in count up
in an aggregate running total! At least, with all the casting going
on, I got some cool pics of people casting!
Till next time....