7-30-04 - Muskie (not) on (my) Fly!
Waters Fished: Silver Lake
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 7-30-04
Air Temp: upper 60's
Water Temp: cool
Water Level: normal?
Water Color: Visibility maybe 2-3 feet, 4+ in some spots
Fish Species: Bowfin, Carp, Muskie?
Pattern Fished: HUGE White & Chartreuse Clouser
Pattern Color: see above
Fishing Quality: typical fish of 10,000 casts quality.
What can I say? If the FATMAN
calls, you answer that call! I hadn't heard back from Chromeseeker
and Rich wasn't too sure about heading over to the harbor. So when
Rich said "Hey, let's go chase muskie again!", well, who
am I to argue!
Probably got to FAT's place around 7:30, had a
stunning homecooked dinner...Italian Sausage, pasta, garlic bread,
spinach salad, THANK YOU FREDA! Fat's youngest musta whacked her
arm on something...so I sat with the boys readin' 'bout trains and
armadillos while Rich made sure that everything was all right.
Finally on the road, maybe 10:30 PM now...WAY past
sunset but apparently Muskie, unlike Northern Pike, will bite all
night. I ain't gonna pass up some nighttime fly fishin!
For at least an hour we didn't launch the boat,
instead having great conversations with a pair of guys we met. Honestly
can't remember either of their names but both are guys I'd share
the water with anytime. One had just moved up into the area from
down south; the other? I was able to look it up; Curtis Olson, but
you guys may know him from two websites he operates - www.WaterFowler.com
and the Root
River Homepage; Curtis us much more into the water fowl these
days! Perhaps a blast & cast is in the Rambling Report's future?
Well we could've talked all night, but we did come
to fish, so the boat went in the water at 11:59...OK, so I'm guessing
considering when I looked at my phone, the clock said 12:02 AM...but
the boat was in at that point. So considering that we arrived at
Silver Lake no later than 11:00 PM Friday night, it still qualifies
as a Friday night outing in my book (and more importantly in my
The fishing? Oh yeah, I guess we did toss lines
for about 2 hours before Rich had to get back home. NOT A THING!
On the way back in Rich broke out the hard-core spotlight and started
spotting fish...carp....bowfin (man I wanted to turn around and
plop my Clouser RIGHT ON IT but Rich would have NONE OF IT!). At
least down here, it's lookin' like we'll have to continue to pay
our dues before a Musky graces the page of the Rambling Reports.