Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:15

Heenan Lake

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I finally made my maiden journey to Heenan Lake on Friday October 21, 2016. It was a beautiful day and informative though I still don't know the go-to fly. I arrived at the parking lot and was surprised to see two dozen trucks parked. Thinking this can't be good I took a look at the lake and found a flotilla of float tubes. More thoughtful looking determined that people were fairly well spread out including a significant number of bank fishers. The lake is much larger than I had pictured and comprised two principle zones. The first, located behind the dam and extending almost 1/4 mile. Beyond the lake opened to a broader east-west section. A southwest wind was blowing white caps across this area most of the day. Fishers were everywhere but mostly in the near section. 

 

After putting on my boots and rigging my rod I set out to find a place to fish from the bank. I had planned on wade fishing but soon saw that the banks dropped off quickly and there was little advantage to wading. The banks were mostly devoid of brush but I soon saw there are a lot of plants growing in the water near shore. The water was nearly clear and greenish in color. There were a lot of plant particles floating in the water depths. I tried a few likely spots but soon decided I needed more open water. I went across the dam and up the other shore till I found an open area in the plant growth. I soon found that there was a path for cruising trout right in front of me. Several hours of casting varied flies proved ineffective. I noticed that float tubers were largely sitting around watching their lines. Action was scattered and slow and some were more effective than others. Finally, I decided I was going to quit at 3:00. As I was about to pull up the last ten feet of my last cast I felt a heavy fish. It proved to be a twenty inch female. Interestingly, a larger colored male chased her around while trying to land her. Frustrated spawners as all fish had very broad bands of dark red on their sides and no place to go.

People were fishing with all kinds of gear. The regulations call for barb less artificials only. Flies were most popular but many were casting spoons and some were trolling blades. Flotation devices varied from float tubes to kayaks, boards, rafts and row boats. 

 

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