Fishing Reports

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Cascade Lakes - June 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

Sunday looked like it was going to be a pretty nice day so I hooked up the Boat and headed to Paulina Lake early in the morning. When I arrived at the boat ramp I found a steady 10mph breeze blowing across the lake. I decided to give it a shot anyway with the hopes that the wind would decrease later in the day. I started fishing out in front of the lodge using the wind to drift along the edge of the drop-off were the shallow water drops off to deeper water. I was casting, trolling and stripping in a small mini-leech pattern and managed to pick up a fish on every other pass.

            After a few smaller fish I decided to try a bigger zonker baitfish pattern on a type IV sink line to see if I could interest a little bigger fish. I worked the drop-off area a little deeper and with a little more aggressive retrieve for about an hour before I had my first grab.

I was in the process of stripping in my fly with half my line in the boat when what felt like the first big fish of the day latched onto my fly with a solid take. I set-up on the fish and he immediately started taking line in a hurry. As I watched line clear from the deck and fly through my rod guides, time seemed to slow down as I watched in slow motion a tangle of line leave the deck and head for my first stripping guide. With the realization of a catastrophe in the making, I frantically worked to free the tangle line from my guides before it was too late. It was too late! The pressure of the fleeing fish was too much and my leader snapped before I could clear my line.

I drove around the perimeter of the lake and fished a number of good looking spots, but never found anything bigger than 12 or 13 inches. It was a fun morning and a beautiful day on the water, but some much needed yard work at home had me heading back to town in the early afternoon.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


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