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Angling Report: Jan 2003 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

January 2003 has been a great improvement on Jan of 2002. The weather has been more typical - hot and sunny, with low clear river conditions, and lots of dry fly action. 

Jan 4th

Joe and Shaun O'Leary enjoy a nice sunny start to a day on the Crooked River. The fish shown below was approx 5 lbs and 24 inches long. During the course of the day conditions deteriorated slightly, with a dropping barometer meaning fish were not feeding freely. However, we did have a number of takes on a dry fly - both on a Carty's General Terrestrial, and a deer-hair cicada, and Joe got busted off by a nice fish mid-afternoon. The threatened rain amounted only to a brief shower in the evening, and rivers remained clear. 

Angling report Jan 2003 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

Jan 7th

Michael Rhodes came back in for another taste of Lake Brunner brown trout action, hooked after last year's visits.. 

Water Temperature Air Temperature Wind Cloud Barometric Pressure
17C (68F) 20-24C afternoon breeze from 2 pm none 1045

Cicada evident, most takes on #10 deer-hair olive Cicada. (multiple fish rejected the favoured yellow-bodied Carty's General Terrestrial earlier in the day.)

Who said brown trout don't jump??? Michael holds a nice trout prior to release...
Angling report Jan 2003 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner
Hooked up again, as my daughter Jade waits to do the honours with the net. Another pose, another nice fish.

The fish below went airborne a number of times prior to being netted and released - after doing its best to wrap the line around the guide, who graceful pirouette in response was an extraordinary visual symphony. :-)

Jan 30th

Kevin McMann and his buddy Jim dropped in for a taste of the action on our side of the lake, after a night at Lake Brunner Lodge. Previous days had involved a lot of river-bed walking for few fish, so I think the guys were relieved at the change of pace, sight-fishing from the driftboat. A total of 15 fish in the net for the day, plus several bust-offs, and lots of takes where the hook did not stick. all in all, "another day on Paradise!"  

Water Temperature Air Temperature Wind Cloud Barometric Pressure
15C (65F) 18-20C afternoon breeze from 3:30pm Partial overcast, humid 1040

Cicada and caddis evident, most takes on #16 Gold-ribbed Hares Ear flashback nymph, under a #12 orange Stimulator. Several fish took the Stimulator, and a yellow-bodied Carty's General Terrestrial during the afternoon.

This was one of many nicely conditioned fish caught through the day  Fishing the edge of a drop-off on an stream running into Lake Brunner.
A pretty piece of water.... a stealthy approach...   ...another nice fish on a cicada!

 

Angling Report: Jan 2003 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report


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