4-29-06 - First Inland Trout Landed in 2006
Waters Fished: Ceylon Lagoon
Fish Caught: Several
Outing Date: 4-29-06
Weather: Drizzle and Overcast
Air Temp: low 60's at best
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: "high"
Water Color: Slightly Blue, visibility 2 feet
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Bluegill
Pattern Fished: Chicago Leech (brown), Olive Phesant Tail, Olive
Pattern Color: See above
Well, I can some this trip up pretty quickly...Randy
had come up to the North Side Friday night to check out our new
digs. I convinced him that he needed to come to our WI house to
help me change the arsenal over in the Bitchin' Camaro for the Summer
setup. After that, we had been invited to fly tyin' over at FAT's
house, and somewhere in there we'd have to chase a great limited
springtime local opportunity for inland trout.
The Camaro's windshield wipers are out of comission,
so after packing up we started to drive over to FAT's but the rain
made driving nearly impossible. I quickly decided that maybe we'd
be better off fishin in the rain and waiting for it to clear, so
shortly after 1:00 PM we arrived at Ceylon Lagoon. Opening Day for
the urban pond fishery in WI...this should be good.
It WAS good. Randy and I never moved from roughly
50 yards of shoreline. My experiences here prior suggested that
larger, buggy streamers and nymphs would do the trick and that held
true. I had also suggested to Randy that the best way to hook up
was to "target the rise"...as soon as a fish rises in
casting distance, recast and plunk your flies within the rings or
at least as close as you can. This advice paid off in minutes for
Randy who landed our first rainbow trout for the afternoon.
Randy had 2 landed and I had a bluegill...it took
a bit before my first rainbow came to shore. The wind was admittedly
rough on our 4 weights, but we pushed through it and each landed
a few more trout.
It got to the point around 3:00 that the drizzle
had subsided and we really should be getting on over to Rich's house
to hang out and tie some flies. Randy agreed to what would hopefully
be a quick end for our day, a runthrough of "10 Casts".
Rich introduced this to me a year or two back while fishing with
his kids...the rules are simple. You have 10 casts. Each time you
hook a fish but don't land it, you get 5 additional casts to bring
you back to your maximum of 10 casts. If you land a fish, you get
10 more casts (again, bringing you up to a maximum of 10 casts).
Well, by 3:30 or so Randy and I had conservatively
gone through at least 40 casts each...I finally made it down to
"last cast" while Randy still had around 3 or 4 to go...we
literally could have kept going if we really tried ;) Yes, the action
was good for a rainy Saturday afternoon and we had the place almost
to ourselves. Knowing how this area gets come summer, this truly
is a small window of time during the year where easy local trout
fishing can be had, so if you want it, get out there and do it!
I'll wrap it up by saying that Randy and I had
a great time over with Jim and Gerry...fly tying with these guys
seems to be the only way we all get together lately with work and
life sometimes keeping our fishing schedules from coming together!
Of course, some of these guys are lucky enough to be going on an
ALASKA trip this year (I had to decline...but trust me we'll get
there some day too). Man, these guys have tied probably THOUSANDS
of flies...I've never seen so many shades of "flourescent"
and "HOT"! For those of us NOT lucky enough to go to Alaska,
at least get out there and fish for something. Next weekend finds
me in Iowa, but hey, PIKE season opens up again too and after last
year's success, I'm NOT going to miss it this year!