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Angling Report: January 2005 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

Although January continued wet and windy for the first 3 weeks, the fishing stayed good throughout. The last week of the month, summer arrived in all its glory and within a couple of days the air was alive with the sound of cicadas!

Mary Nishioka holds up a nice brown trout from the lower Ahaura River, on a wet and windy day in mid-January, 2005. Below, Mary is in action on a little West Coast creek, connected to a very nice fish. 
Mary has written an account of her adventures in New Zealand, and this can be found on the "Peninsula Fly Fishers of Northern California" web site, click here to read it.

Later in the month, when the cicadas were in full cry, Mark Stevenson and friend Peter came in for a 2 day campout trip. Both were at an early stage in their fly fishing careers, and enjoyed the opportunity to cast to lots of cruising brown trout. Myself, I was really enjoying NOT wearing my parka for a change!

Dinner on a riverbank somewhere, as the evening sun sinks and the shadows lengthen.

Mark plays a nice fish from the Mackenzie boat

Peter's only fish for the 2nd day was this little beauty - he took a Clark's Cicada without hesitation on the first cast... and hell, if you are only going to catch one fish for the day, this was certainly the right one!

 The end of the month was also nice and fine the cicadas continued and Jeremy Weitz, here for a week, enjoyed some excellent days on the river. Sunblock, sun hats... thin shirts... it really was summer!

Now here is a man after my own heart -serious about fishing - who will endure any hardship to get within casting distance of a big trout... that one escaped unscathed, but the next one learned a valuable lesson!
Different river, bigger fish... this trout took Jeremy for a long run downriver, some 150 yards over boulders, rod high and trying to not get to the end of the backing! 
The successful outcome of that battle was this 5lb brown, quickly posed for a photo before release. Below, the crystal clear water of a West Coast mountain stream offers the promise of huge trout lurking among the boulders.

  

Angling Report: January 2005 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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