|Dacey Reservoir after a morning of angling|
So, what does faith have to do with angling?
Well, I’ve been fishing the reservoirs of Wayne Kirch Wildlife Management Area (Kirch) for nine years. The “My Pictures” folder on my computer reveals 19 visits to Kirch, averaging about two per year. There are four fishable reservoirs in Kirch. I have read accounts of Dacey Reservoir and overhead conversations in the sporting goods stores about the large trout in Dacey, but it wasn’t until last September that I finally fished it. That first visit produced just three rainbow trout, but they were all the largest trout I’d ever landed in Kirch. I began wondering if that was a fluke incident, so I returned to Dacey twenty-six days later to validate my experience. In October I landed nine trout, five of which exceeded seventeen inches (three were over 20 inches!).
|Wayne Kirch WMA information boards at Adams-McGill Reservoir|
So, I struck out for Kirch this morning at 6:00am. Yet another attempt to confirm what I thought I believed about Dacey Reservoir. Weather in southern Nevada had turned cold, windy, and wet. Yet the forecast for Kirch was a morning low of 36 degrees and an afternoon high just below 50 degrees. The problem was that winds and rain were also forecast to kick up around 1:00pm. My strategy evolved into start fishing mid-morning, but plan to be done by noon.
|First trout of the day, a plump fourteen inch rainbow|
But then, on a strip of the line I felt a weight. I didn’t feel movement at first so I assumed a snag, but being an experienced angler I was patient, you never know for sure, and I didn’t want to break off a good trout. When it started to move it kept very deep, it was a while before it tired and came to the surface, but even then it was difficult to spot it. At first I wondered if it was a largemouth bass. It wasn’t until a few minutes later when its shape and silvery sides revealed it for what it was. What is was is the largest rainbow trout, by length, that I’ve ever caught in Kirch: a full 23 inches, just one inch shy of the 24 inch scale on my Escape stripping apron. I don’t think it was as thick or heavy as the 22 inch rainbow of last October, but who’d care?
|A sleek 23 inch rainbow|
|Releasing the large rainbow|
|Fine 18 inch rainbow, taken on damsel nymph fished from my 9 foot, 5 weight fly rod|
|18 inch rainbow slapping at the leader|
Forget the tightrope walker, Dacey Reservoir seems to be my personal analogy on my faith in Jesus Christ; do I act as if I trust what I believe about him as my Lord and Savior? Where are the behaviors in my life that will convict me of my faith in Christ?
|Dave Deacon Campground|
|A spartan looking campground is Dave Deacon|
|A single fly day: damsel nymph on 3x tippet in search of 20-plus inch trout|
|The "faithful" angler: FisherDad|