When the fury of the boiling ceased, we drifted along the bank catching bass ad bluegill along the way. Ed managed 3 crappie and lost a 3 plus pound bass right at the boat. It seemed I was the bluegill slayer today as most of my catches were of this feisty panfish.
We left this section and instead of going down our usual patch down Hauser we decided to mix it up and go into Pine instead. Perhaps in retrospect this may have been a mistake. We've always had success in Hauser but we wanted to try something new. At this time (about 10am) the wind began to make trolling difficult. While Ed napped in the boat I fished a rocky point with a yellow bugger. I snagged some submerged structure and was able to free it. I continued to fish this point. I had at least 5 strikes, one a very hard one. I concluded that they must have been bluegill short striking my fly until I picked my fly out of the water and noticed that the hook had broken off. This is the second time my hook on yellow buggers have broken. The last time was on Friday at Irvine Lake. We moved down Pine without any success. When trying to leave Pine, our boat failed to start and we managed to flag down the only other boat in Pine to tow us back to the marina. While being towed, Ed managed to get the boat started again and we thanked the guys for a lift and headed back to our starting point earlier. We ended fishing a sheltered area from the howling wind. For me most were juvenile bass and the cookie-cutter colorful bluegill. Flies that worked today: purple bugger, yellow bugger, chartreuse clouser, gourmet silversided minnow, ASS fly, and bristleback.