After a marathon two days at Disneyland with Gina, I managed to get up this morning at 5 AM to give O’Neill Forebay a ride on Labor Day. The winds really laid down all weekend and I couldn’t resist a still morning. I was hoping for some topwater and when I arrived at 6:30, there were many small fish chasing bait. A couple years ago this time of year, I remember schools of fish right up against the shore at daybreak in the big lake. I threw a crease fly for a bit but gave up pretty quickly with no blowups. The lake is less than 20 percent right now and I just can’t see fishing it till I recognize the shoreline again. I haven’t heard much news from the lake fishermen. The last three weeks have been very good at the Forebay. The weed lines are productive even though there are few large schools on the fish finder these days.
I fished my small rattled yellow clousers behind a size 2 pulse disk and managed over 15 fish with a a half dozen keepers. While fishing the weed lines around the island, I hooked and landed a 26 inch fish casting parallel with the weed line about a foot out. It was a memorable hit. As I stripped the fly in , I could feel the pulse disc vibrate with each strip. About half way to the boat, I stripped and didn’t feel the vibration of the disc. The fish must have come up from behind , gulped the fly and swam towards me. It felt weird with no pulse so I stripped again quickly to catch up with the fish and set on the best fish of the day. I really like the way the pulse disc feeds back to the stripping hand. You can tell how the fly is working and you can vary the speed of the strip with some tactile feedback.
I got off the lake at noon because the jet skiers and wake boarders came out to celebrate Labor Day. It got crowded and really hot by noon but surprisingly at 8:00, not that many boats started fishing early. I usually avoid Holidays, but the last couple years, I managed some big fish on the holidays even with the craziness on the lake. In fact, a year ago, on Labor Day, I got my biggest forebay fish of the year (2014) and again this year on Labor Day 2015- a 6 lbr. That is an unlikely and weird coincidence. Maybe the big fish get excited when the the boats wip up the water! There were lots of flyfishermen on the lake today as well. Prams and canoes in the 152 trench and Mederous Flats. I saw some nice fish caught in the flats by the Canoe flyfisherman.
LAST YEAR LABOR DAY
James Matson of Brinefly Innovations has a winner product. I am convinced that my luck at San Luis and and the O’Neill Forbear has improved with the use of these discs. I am beginning to feel naked casting a fly without one and when I’m fishing with another person in the boat. I try to test them by taking mine off. If you see me at the lake and want to try one, feel free to come over and Ill be glad to give you some to try.