What a beautiful September 1st day! You could see lots of harvesting happening as we headed out to Beaver Lake! Larry and I have not fly fished together at a lake for some time so it was great to get out and enjoy one of Alberta's Quality Trophy Fisheries. Beaver Lake is a catch and release lake that is very popular with fly fishers. There were 17 pontoon boats on Beaver today but there was lots of room for everybody! The water temperatures were excellent. They ranged from 59 F to 61 F on the surface.
Larry and I set up in 12 feet of water and once we started to use blood worm imitations, specifically a fly designed by John Kent called the Duct Tape Fly, we were catching many rainbows. John uses the Duct Tape Fly at a favourite lake in BC in August with lots of success and it already has proven its effectiveness in the Parkland Region of Manitoba.
We caught plenty of rainbows ranging from 10 inches to 19 inches. We caught several in the 16 to 19 inch category.
The rainbows were feisty and in great condition!
As noon arrived, the blood worm action slowed and Larry started to fly fish with a boobie using a full sink line. He used the count down method to get the fly down (25 seconds seemed to work the best). Remember to strip boobies quickly so the fish do not take the fly deep.
About mid afternoon, the backswimmers started to move with some regularity and the rainbows were slashing at them. The action was not fast and furious but Jennings Ultimate Boatmen were the ticket.
From now until freeze up, our Central Alberta pot hole lakes will be a great choice to fly fish.