Post By: rockyjammer Posted: 7/12/2017 10:26:06 AMPoints: 282
Landed 8 quality fish on Sunday. Friend landed 7 quality fish. Weather was rather perfect, hardly any wind I should say. Fish were deep and took a variety of leeches, callibetis, and damsel patterns. Also a couple on buggers. A damsel and callibetis hatch troughout morning and most afternoon. Good day on Stillwater's for me. Some pics from the day...Enjoy!!
Reply by: VINNIE Posted: Jul. 12, 10:50:39 AM Points: 719
With all the hatches and flat water why no surface feeders. Seems like it should be dryfly heaven. Antero's funny that way -- just send them bugs down to Spinney, they're always lookin up.. Great report as always rocky..
Hey VINNIE....thank you!! I believe there lack in activity to the full moon :(...perfect day, water temps were perfect....water temp of 63 to start my day 66 at my end, caught on several different flies so I couldn't find them keying in on one fly....still fun having your rod jerked off your toon by there hard hits. Thank you for the link anglerwannabe :)!! skiman, thank you for the cudos :)...in fact my flies are barbless so I don't even have to touch the fish and don't. I do believe if this lake were catch and release the size of fish from here would be world record size for sure. I have caught and kept many back in the day, but then realized how precious this resource is for us who do like to do it for the sport and for those of us who tie our own flies and get to fool one of those pigs. It sure is fun, experiencing their true power!! Its the BOMB!! A few more pics too
3 buddies and I camped there on Saturday night and left at around 6pm Sunday...mostly because when we called 11mile they said the campground was full...and had a great time. I had my kayak and float tube with me so we did a little rotation to get us all off the bank. I did talk to a few of the fly guys as they were coming off the water and most were doing the same thing as you and had mixed results - anywhere from 3 to 28 fish landed.
Now I'm a horrible fly fisherman so I stuck to my hardware and threw spoons and jerkbaits in both shallow water near/from shore and out deep over 10-14 feet of water. The really shallow water three feet or less was productive early in the morning and at dusk. 6-10 feet of water was the only place I could get a bite during the middle of the day (still fishing shallow running jerkbaits and spoons). And Sunday evening produced a massive flurry of Antero brutes! trolled in mostly in 10 FOW, hooked one around 18" that literally broke off the rear hook off my jerkbait and made the split ring on the belly hook look like a pretzel! gonna make a strongly worded email to the manufacturer with some questions on their quality...
while I was putting on new hooks from another jerkbait (same manufacturer) I had drifted out quite a bit and decided to go back in so that one of my buddies could head out to take advantage of the bite...it took forever because I wound up getting 3 sets of doubles!! fish in the doubles ranged from 16-21. Finally got to shore and sent out one of my buddies and he hooked up with another 3 in about 25 minutes. both of the hooks that I put back on the jerkbait had one or more of the trebles bent out that I had to bend back by the time that I got to shore :(
I landed 16 and lost a couple more, biggest was 23.5"
Excellent RJ! I don't want to stir the$!*pot, but I'm hoping A stays closed to power boats for quite a while (sorry Bill) Spinney and the Mile ready to go for the boaters, leave the great state of A for us floaters..I will be down there soon. -ADub out.. Trying to link a YT vid from a nice brown 7-3-11 fishing with BG Flys and Anteroman himself, Wild Bill Hadley.. can't remember how to correctly attach the link