Took my 12 y.o. son out for his first float tube experience. The 0.8 mile hike was nice, but the water was frigid! I had leaky Gortex waders, but my son had brand new neoprenes. I lasted about an hour. He probably could have done 90 minutes. We had to dance on shore for a good 15 minutes before our body parts worked again. On to the fishing - I caught one little brookie from the tube and one a little bigger from shore. Had 5 strikes total. My son was unfortunately sunked. I was alternating between fly-fishing with an nymph and casting a spinner. Both fish came on the spinner. Didn't see any surface action until about 5 p.m. We then started to see some ripples, but it wasn't the classic trout feeding on the surface. I'm no fly-fishing expert, but I believe they were taking emergers...need to read up a bit on that. Fly-fishers - please add in...I need some advise on good flies this time of year. I plan on buying a better pair of waders and hitting it again soon. Companay always invited!
I saw a total of about 15 people. Only two other fisherman headed in on my way out. There was snow knee-deep in some places. Nobody has has walked around the lake this year, judging by the lack on any tracks.