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The b'LAWg - West Medical Lake Lunkers

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It's a beautiful spring day on West Medical Lake and I'm trying to hook into one of the 2150 large trout plants within this serene, 230-acre body of water. It's surprising to see just a few fishermen and boats out for such a nice day. Apparently, word is out that the fishing is slow and requires a little patience to net one of those lunker rainbows. My day turned out better than expected! I got several strikes fly fishing nymphs, fought & lost a few big, acrobatic & pissed-off rainbows...but proudly capped my day with a 4 pound/21 inch lunker. Woo-Hoo! Bait fishermen were also getting a few nice ones in the 2-3lb range using green colored Powerbait (rainbow is also a favorite). Observations & Tips: The water temperature was fairly even throughout the water column (58° on the surface to 57° at 33ft). Trout stomach contents revealed loads of chronomids and emerald-green damselfly nymphs. Several of those nymphs were clinging to the side of my boat when I loaded it on the trailer. So, for now…"go green" on West Medical Lake.

2 days later: I'm out on a one-fly fly-fishing contest and registered to fish with a black /red colored woolybugger. After 2 1/2 hours in the float tube, only 3 hits and one fish lost. Altogether, I saw 4 fish landed amongst the crowd...fishing was a bit slow. In hindsight, I should have taken my own advice and "gone green." Who knows…It worked earlier?

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