Barry Acton, camera man for the New Fly Fisher, capturing the eclipse.
The weather was typical for the Parkland Region. Wind and unsettled fall weather made us take time to look at the bathometric maps of the lake so we had a plan about where we would fish! The water temperature was 56F, just perfect!
From previous trips we knew that fishing along the tulles gave us a great opportunity to catch some big trout. We also found that fishing a bit deeper in 8 feet of water was a good strategy!
Ice minnows, Tokaryk Specials, Bruised Leeches, flashbacks and baby damsels gave us the best results. There was not much backswimmers and boatman activity. That was a bit surprising.
Rick, Bill and I fished together out of my 17 foot jon boat for 5 days. We caught anywhere from 20 to 30 trout each day. Most were quite impressive in size.
We did head over to Twin Lakes to fly fish for tiger trout. We encountered several hours of thunderstorms and then very moody tiger trout. We caught some tigers but it was not the day we had hoped for. More about that later.
The drive home was LONG. It rained and luckily we had a tail wind until we got to Alberta. I also had the misfortune of running over not one but two skunks. My truck and boat smell accordingly! Sigh!
It was a pleasure to share a boat with Bill and Rick! Both are accomplished fly fishers and it shows!
Rick getting the "smaller" Tokaryk Specials ready for the next day at the lake.
We were teasing Rick to get those flies tied. Two for everybody! If you know how fast Rick ties flies. That took most of the evening!