The weather at the lake has everyone pleasantly surprised all month. Sunny days and warm weather has kept the LCT eagerly feeding on the Tui Chub bait balls. As the surface temps inevitably cool down the bait will begin to go deeper. As of right now the fishing is still fantastic and one of our favorite times of year. This is when we believe they fight the hardest. Lots of screaming drag and the backing frequently coming into play. Get out while you can before it really cools down and the fish become spread out due to a quickly changing and expanding thermocline. As of now the majority of the fish are congregating in 70+ feet of water. Pyramid Fly Co. guide Morgan Kane just after his successful trip says “As the lakes surface temperature has been dropping a bit from 65 during the opener to 59-61 now, the fish are following the bait into deeper water. We are finding a steady grab at 70-80’ feet.”
Schools have been occasionally cruising the shore during early mornings and the evenings as it cools down. They will begin to frequent the shallows more as surface temps cool down and get into the mid 50’s. Coming into November and the nights begin to freeze will rapidly decline higher temps and bring the fish in closer. But for now the fish are still deep and the Tui chub are plentiful so it’s been hard for them to start cruising when they don’t need to yet. But when we have been getting into pods of fish we have noticed it’s been more successful downsizing flies from the larger flies we were using during opening week. On the water experience has brought us to sizing down with more “natural” looking Tui chub patterns. Morgan again says, “During the first few days the cutthroat were vicious! Attacking anything big or small that looked like food. As the month grows older we are finding the fish a bit pickier. Think small and natural.”
As we have discussed in reports of prior seasons, think of the digestive system of trout. It’s much easier to eat digest and gather nutrients from larger amounts of smaller baitfish than eating one large one. Digesting large fish takes much longer, having to dissolve large bones, fins and cartilage uses up more energy and time. Nobody wants to run a marathon after eating a whole pizza. Sizing down our flies has brought us great success recently. Natural baitfish patterns in colors such as white, black, olive and brown have all been successful. Heavy flies and/or heavy sinking line with a little patience will get you to desired depths. The fish are still suspended in deep water at certain times and love to chase a fast strip.
Have anytime of watercraft is going to be an extremely helpful tool until the fish begin to come into shallow water. It a great time to get out and we edge anyone who can to get out and experience a different type of fishing compared to the normal shore fishing while this still lasts. An excellent quote from our guest Brian Brussels on today 10/22. He couldn’t of said anything better to describe his day. “let me get a drink of water and rest my arm. I'm tired already." -10:19am.
We hope we can share this experience with you and can’t wait to see you all on the water.