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Boardman Lake Report
Snohomish County, WA

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05/08/2010
Other
Rainbow Trout
Chartreuse
Spinner
Afternoon
05/09/2010
2
1315

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.


Comments

knotabassturd
5/11/2010 10:45:00 AM
I like using chironomids this time of year. Trick is often to get the chironomid close to the bottom unless they're hatchery trout planted recently (in which case you can fish it much shallower and even troll it). I'll often let the fly just sit and drift but sometimes sloooowly raise it up in a continuous motion. I like a little rad on my chironomid pattern too but that's personal preference.
Usually in about 5-20 feet of water.
If you aren't sure if you're near bottom, figuring out the depth and then using a long leader with strike indicator can work. Just drift in the wind or anchor up basically.
Or you can just drag a woolly bugger or leech pattern.
Nomad
5/11/2010 9:51:00 PM
Thanks for the info knotabassturd! That echoes what a regional fly-fishing guide told me just a day or two ago. Now I need to take up fly-tying as a 3rd, no 4th, 5th? hobby.
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