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Following my own advice

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By Gary Heffley
12/09/15 -- Seeing a window of opportunity in the weather along with a much needed day off from the rigors of the retail Christmas demands, I followed my own recent advice for targeting winter trout, okay technically its late fall. I made the drive east to Baum Lake after completing some morning tasks arriving about noon.

Heading to the powerhouse outlet, I had the spot to myself. Choosing one of my favorite Panther Martins, I cast into the outlet flow. First cast, boom a nice 10 inch brown on the end of the line. The second cast didn't produce a fish but there was a definite bump and as I let the spinner work in the current just feet from the rod tip four browns darted back and forth feinting and jabbing at the lure.

Within the next hour I released 10 browns to 15 inches changing colors on the spinners to see if the color really mattered. The black and yellow and yellow and red combinations produced the best, but as these are my confidence colors I had these on the line longer than most others.

When I wasn't fighting a fish there were few casts that did not get a bump or follow which as mentioned often included multiple trout. For the record I also had 4 other trout (as any angler would tell you that were bigger than any landed, okay maybe not) come unbuttoned. Some of the hits were arm jerking as the browns were very aggressive. I did not need to worry about a subtle take. As they say the trout were stacked in the spot.

I drove over to the main lake body to check on action there and found a few fly anglers who were also enjoying great action on the browns fishing from prams and small paddled craft. Small flies and nymphs seemed the order of the day. One angler touted size a 22 BWO for his success, while also producing with a size 22 nymph. Emergers and dries… could it get any better?

I asked another couple who had been wading just south of the parking area if they had done any good.

One angler just grinned, giggled a bit and said, “Yeah, that was fun.” That went for me, too.

If I have a day off again when the weather allows another foray east, I know where I will be found.

Remember to get your 2016 fishing license soon!

Gary Heffley has been a valued contributor to MyOutdoorBuddy for over seven years serving as manager, sales representative and reporter for much of Northern California. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to fish and write about his adventures. He has long history in the Sporting Goods field and is presently managing the Gift Bar and Camping Department at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Redding.


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