Song of the weekend: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day
Where: Omak Lake, Chopaka Lake, ???? Lake
Conditions: Sunny and warm, glassy on Friday, very windy Saturday
Time of day: Noon to 7:30PM Friday, all day Saturday
Flies used: Olive Denny Rickard’s stillwater nymph; olive egg-sucking,
rubber-legged hare’s ear; olive egg-sucking leech; black egg-sucking
leech; black zonker; peach glo-bug.
Species caught: Lahontan cutthroat and rainbow trout
Unfortunately, this weekend was more bust than boom, but I don’t
mind; it was better than sitting in the office on Friday, gnawing off
my arm while waiting for the weekend to start.
Omak was clear, the sun was high and the fish were spooky. It didn’t
help that a group of folks had been pounding the lake for about four
days straight, either. Nevertheless, Jamie and I persevered. Our
rewards were a handful of Lahontans and, for me, a mild sunburn.
Saturday took me to Chopaka and a few other places, with the hope
that these trout, having not been pressured, would be ready and willing
to eat our offerings.
Ummm…yeah. Not so much.
Again, only a handful of rainbows came to hand, but at least they were nice ones.
Spot checks at other, usually productive spots proved equally
frustrating, resulting in either no fish or, true to my form as a wind
jinx, gusty weather.
Rather than ditch it all, I thought Saturday’s wind would produce
more favorable conditions at Omak. Thankfully, I was right about