The first guide trip of the year went great. If you read my last post about winter fishing, you know Becker was iced over. I happened to drive passed it last
week and found it to be clear. This opened up an opportunity for a guide trip. I have been avoiding Silver Creek since it had a significant fish kill and there still appears to be some sick fish hanging around. I would rather not stress them if it is avoidable. Derek came in from Michigan and he had limited fly fishing experience. His only goal of the day was to catch his first rainbow trout. He more than accomplished this goal.
We started finding fish in a channel that comes into the east side of the lake. I had him stripping a black and red simi seal leech with a type II sinking line. This picked up his first rainbow. We moved and I rowed him along the bank and had him cast to the edge. We were using a type VII fast sinking line with a tan and orange bunny leech. This proved to be a very successful combination. The reason we went with a fast sinking line is I wanted the fly to drop fast once it came off the shelf and into deeper water. You can cast and strip immediately and don’t have to wait for the line and fly to sink. This works great when you are rowing along a bank. It is more efficient.
During the trip we had the opportunity to work on improving casting and hook setting techniques. It was another great day on the water. I am looking forward to guiding Derek again in the future.