April 30, 2012
Fly Fishing Antelope Flats Reservoir

            Took a day trip on Saturday and ran out to fish Antelope Flats Reservoir with the thought of catching some trout but avoiding the opening day rush to the Cascade lakes. We made a good choice because the fishing was great and there were very few anglers on the water.

            The weather was pretty good with a warm, partly sunny day and very little wind. The water was a little dirty, which is the norm for this time of year, and had a temperature of around 50 degrees. 

            We set up sinking lines and started covering water, casting and stripping Buggers as we drifted across the lake. It didn’t take long before I was hooked up with a feisty 14-inch football of a trout that seemed to spend more time out of the water than in. Just minutes later, Thu hooked and landed a nice fat acrobatic Rainbow of 16 inches, and the game was on. 

            The action was consistent, as we seemed to catch a fish or two on every pass. I tried a number of different Bugger patterns and caught fish on everything I tried. It didn’t seem to matter what you had on, as long as you put it in front of a fish. We found parts of the lake that seemed to be void of fish, and other spots where we would get action every time we passed through.

            The fun part was that these fat 13 – 18 inch trout were so acrobatic when hooked!  We lost a few fish during the fight, while they were executing the high degree of difficulty “Triple Gainer with a Full Twist”, and I even had one break me off on the take.              

            It was a fun day, but the wind and cloud cover started to rapidly increase in the afternoon, so we decided to call it a day and head for home.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

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