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May 2nd 2009 - Silver Lake, Whatcom County
« on: July 22, 2009, 10:49:49 PM »
13 Rainbow trout caught and released between the two of us all in the 12-14 range. The day was overcast with some rain sprinkles and slight wind.

Sam and I fly fished Silver lake from a small row boat from about Noon to 4 today and together we did quite well. Sam started off with a hand tied olive woolly bugger and I started with a black woolly bugger.  Right off the bat I consistently hooked and lost five fish in a row. After checking, sharpening, and re-checking my hook and still losing another fish I switched to an olive body woolly bugger with a black tail and hackle and a bead head. This produced 4 fish for me which I landed and released.

Sam meanwhile, brought a total of 9 fish to the boat which were all released unharmed.

Sam was using a floating fly line with two small splitshot weights while I used an intermediate sinking tip.

We had the most luck while varying our trolling retrieve. Instead of just setting the trolling motor and pointing the boat in a straight line we varied the speed and weaved in a curvy line. The most strikes we got were when we actually turned off the trolling motor and let the boat drift for 30 seconds or so. It seemed that almost every time we killed the motor one of our rods would snap down with a fierce strike.

All the fish we caught were in the 12-14 range. We thought about keeping a few of them to throw in the smoker but in the end decided that they were too small to be worth the effort of firing up the smoker.
-Nick

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May 2nd 2009 - Silver Lake, Whatcom County
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