Since June 1st when it opened, I've been favoring the Cedar River in Renton, particularly given the recent addition to my arsenal -- a new 3wt TFO fly rod! (My 5wt is just too much rod for when I hit the small creeks/rivers.)
But Friday night I lugged my trusty Trout Unlimited one-man 9' pontoon boat out to Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, WA. I was on the water for over 3 hours and it was just lovely. Here's why:
- Very few people on the water.
- No houses on the lake nor road noise nearby, so very quiet.
- Lots of nature going on -- frogs, fish, bug hatches, herons, eagles, and all kinds of other birds.
- Started off breezy but then calmed down completely.
- The fish weren't feeding on the surface nearly as much as every other time I'd been there, but I still caught quite a few in the 11-13" range.
There's nothing like sitting at the far end of the lake among the stumps, casting and retrieving. There was no surface activity when I got there, so I decided to cast a sinking line and leech pattern, retreiving quickly. I landed a few nice ones that way, but also lost 3 flies on snags. Then when I started seeing some scant rises, I switched to a floating line and a dry fly. The beetle pattern didn't do squat, but the midge pattern earned a few bites.
I started back a bit late, around 9:10pm, and didn't hit the boat ramp until 9:35pm. The ranger was nice though, even though I made him wait 20 minutes past closing of the gate. While I packed my stuff, he educated me on how Rattlesnake Lake was formed, the feeder creeks, etc.