June 19, 2012
Fishing Grindstone Lakes

I just got back from a couple days of amazing fishing at Grindstone Lakes.  Russ & Tonimarie Scott took over the operation of this exceptional pay for play fishery this season and were kind enough to invite me to experience the lodge and fishing under their new management.

We had great warm weather with mostly clear skies and lots of sunshine. The only thing that kept it a little on the cool side was a persistent wind, which would start in the morning and increase throughout the day.

I went with the expectation of catching some nice fish and enjoying some good food and beautiful scenery, but my expectations were exceeded.

The fishing was great, with every lake we fished producing lots of action on larger than average healthy Rainbow trout. Not a lot of dry fly fishing because of the constant wind, but we had constant action on small buggers, Callibaetis nymphs and Damsel nymph patterns fished on a intermediate sink line.

The average size of the fish I caught was impressive with a range that ran from 14 inches to close to 30 inches and the average fish running a healthy 22 inches. We fished four of the five lakes on property and they all produced the size and quantity of fish that kept a smile on my face the whole time I was there. In fact, I was smiling all the way home with the thoughts of all the quality fish I caught. Heck, I’m still smiling as I write this report.

            Tonimarie did a great job running the lodge and providing excellent table fare for our enjoyment. She started with a hearty breakfast to start the day, a mid-day lunch prepared on the water and a great restaurant quality dinner served at 5:00 before the evening fish.

            If you have the opportunity to fish Grindstone Lakes, I highly recommend you do! It’s an experience everyone who loves to fish for trout should do at least once.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

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