Every time you get out on the water, there is something new to learn. Today was no exception! Larry and I hit Beaver Lake for the first time this year. It was a warm spring day with a chinook arch stretched across the western sky. We were armed with some excellent in tell that hopefully would get us into some rainbows. Rick warned us about the tiny chironomids that the rainbows were targeting early in the day. We caught some nice fish on micro leeches and each throat sample was full of tiny chironomids. When I say tiny, I mean size 22-24. The rainbows were stuffed full of them. I do not even have a chironomid smaller than size 18 so I tied on my favourite micro leech, Glen's Leech. The water temperature in the morning was 47F and it rose to 49C by the end of the afternoon! The rainbows that took the micro leech must have thought that we were serving up dessert! We were hoping to see some larger chironomids in the early afternoon but that did not happen. We tried chromies with no success so we went back to our micro leeches and fished along the edges. We targeted trees, sticks and dead trees that were in the water. We were only 3 to 5 feet deep.
Last night we tied up olive chironomids and olive ribbed chromies in sizes 12 to 14. We were ready but these chironomids did not appear. We'll be ready for our next trip in a few days!
It was a slow day for us but it was nice to get reacquainted with the loons, osprey, geese and of course all the familiar faces on the water!
The lake had lots of fly fishers out today!
P.S. Please turn off the aerator!
This throat sample was from just one 16 inch rainbow.
Don Andersen came by for a visit!
We did have some success!
It is interesting to see the colours of these tiny chironomids.