|Admiring the Egan Range from the Water Master fishing craft, with Ward Mountain as it crown jewel. |
As early as mid-September they received a dusting of snow, still visible in this photo.
Trout Truck on the far right bank.
|First trout of Thursday evening. I don't believe this came from Gallagher broodstock, but rather a regular |
March 2017 stocking of rainbows. She was close to 17 inches, and very "girthy."
|It's not often you see rainbows with dark spotting patterns well into the belly. |
Another pretty rainbow of 16 - 17 inches.
|One of three trout that seemed identical in size and coloring. Another large |
male likely from the broodstock excess. These large trout burrowed down
into the weeds; tippets of 5x or even 4x strength are highly recommended.
I fished Kirch for 10 days in early June then moved to Comins for 4 days. Fishing was amazing!!!!! On June 10, my 81st birthday, I quit at 3:45 with a sore arm. All rainbows from 15” - 21”. Fished a #14 beadhead P/T about 4’ under an indicator, cast out and twitched it in. The reservoir has returned to its original fishery after the eradication of the pike. Fished the weed beds on the west side way down by the last bathroom. No one but me and a guy from Long Beach, Ca. GO!
|Here is the bulrush section on the northwestern edge of the reservoir. Both Ron and I heartily |
recommend this area.
|A 20-inch rainbow that obviously was from the Gallagher Fish Hatchery broodstock. A male rainbow trout |
showing some "mileage" on him, taken late Thursday afternoon.
|Note how this one, also caught Thursday night, is almost identical to the trout three photos above. |
It is not he same trout based on the spot pattern on the gill plate. There was yet another very similar.
They all were really healthy trout.
|Last trout Thursday evening. Reminiscent of last trout I caught on October 27, 2005.|
|Another long Comins rainbow that fought like a hog. Note my fingerless glove |
necessary for me to start a day with a temperature of 37 degrees.
|Hooked on the outside of the jaw with a bead-headed olive woolly bugger that had tinsel is its tail.|
|Practically every trout filled my Fishpond Nomad, mid-length landing net. Its 37 inch length is perfect |
for tube and pontoon floating. The 13 inch wide by 18 inch long mouth is plenty big for
even the largest trout.
|Another beautiful 16 inch trout I suspect was a normal stocked rainbow back in March 2017.|
I made the below chart as a way to measure what I believe is the distinction between the normal 9-inch stocking program and the excess Gallagher broodstock. It recaps the results of my two-day, seven-hour fishing experience. I believe it does validate the remarkable growth rate in Comins, and foretells the success that Comins could experience. The athleticism of trout that spend a few seasons growing in the Comins fishery will far outclass that of the broodstock. By the way, I lost about 5 or 6 trout due to hook pull-outs despite the 5 - 6 lbs tippets, and I also caught 8 - 10 baby black bass with the largest being about 9 inches. As usual, all fish were released to grow larger and allow other anglers to experience.
|Early Friday morning photo. It's hard to see, but there was a mist or fog blowing off the water from left to right. |
It's barely visible against the far bank on the right side of the picture.
|Yes, large trout have large teeth. Getting a little bloody is part of the deal.|
|Up close and personal with a Tasmanian rainbow trout.|
|Bringing a trout to the Water Master Grizzly; I am very pleased with the Water Master so far.|
|Last view of the Comins Reservoir expanse before the long drive home.|