Cloudy, 10 mph wind from NNW
Time fished: 6pm-9pm
Fish sought: Brooder trout!
Fish caught: 8 Rainbow Trout, 2 Smallmouth Bass
I definitely SAW a lot more fish than I caught. The action was not fast by any means....it was some work, but fun. I used my switch rod, which allowed me to reach fish much further away than I would have been able to reach with my regular fly rod.
Plenty of surface activity. I couldn't buy a fish on topwater, though.
I tried a lot of flies, and only caught fish on two of them....an unweighted black woolly bugger, and a Chili Pepper with a small beadhead. Maybe I should have tried the Chili Pepper earlier in the evening. I put in on just before dark, and caught 2 Smallmouth Bass on it about 20' from shore, and 2 trout on some long casts towards the middle of the lake.
Its fairly rare to catch a smallmouth bass in this lake, its rather bizarre that I caught 2 in the same evening.
At one point, I brought one fly right in front of me, watched a trout swim up from underneath, inspect it, refuse it, and swim away. They CAN be finicky.
One of the last trout I caught was a pretty nice one and really chunky. It was so dark, I didn't bother measuring or trying to photograph it.
LOVED that sunset last night!