It was much too warm and sunny yesterday to stay inside so I took the opportunity to explore a small lake near Carnation, WA. I had read that this lake had a decent population of native trout and was anxious to check it out with my float tube and 5 wt fly rod.
When I scanned the new lake, there was no surface activity whatsoever so I was a little worried. I first hugged the shoreline casting my woolly bugger into the banks and weeds. I didn’t get any strikes for the first 10 minutes so I was thinking the trip would be a big bust. But, as soon as I reached an area full of lily pads, the woolly bugger was suddenly devoured by a fish. After a good fight, I was surprised that a good size largemouth bass was attached to my fly! After that, I caught one bass after another. I switched to surface flies and the great action continued. The bass took a variety of dry flies especially grasshoppers, but my favorite “fly” had to be a green frog imitation. When I opened the bass’ mouth, it was obvious they could even swallow a frog much larger than my fly.
Bass are not typical targets for Northwest flyfishermen, but I’ve become a big fan of bass fishing. Catching them on surface flies is a special treat.