|Dacey Reservoir from dam, looking north|
Egan Range on the right, White Pine Range in distant left
I often wonder what it is that keeps some of us from knocking on heaven’s door. The Bible says “seek and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7). When I think of my own process of coming to the Lord I see many stumbling blocks along the way. In my youth I was often deceived by my ingrained belief that I could control my destiny, that the world was my oyster, so to speak. Sometimes it takes a lot of living to realize all we really control is the way we react to the “stuff” that happens to and around us. Then there was my resistance to the metamorphosis that is required in the sanctification journey (Romans 12:2), the duplicity of having one foot firmly planted in this world (which I’ve come to see that I am “in” but do not “belong” to) while we test the waters with the other. It’s hard to resist the worldly things that bombard us every moment of the day even though in our heart we know none can bring us peace and life. In fact, once we are reborn the world rejects us, which can be somewhat painful (John 15:19).
I suppose “testing the waters” has application to my fishing adventures. Some of the early material I read on the Wayne Kirch Wildlife Management Area (Kirch) was that the Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs were primarily bass fisheries, and that the trout fishing was best on Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. Consequently, in the decade or so I've been fishing Kirch I've avoided Dacey. But this summer as I read weekly Kirch fishing reports I began to notice that the larger trout were coming from Dacey. The coup de grâce, as the French say, was overhearing the salesman at the White River Fly shop in Silverton's Bass Pro Shop talking up Dacey with another customer. While I can be impressionable and stubborn, I'm not stupid. So today I decided to check out the truth about Dacey for myself.
|Free ranging cow and calf on Kirch WMA|
|Artificial lures, 1 trout limit|
I launched the Escape from the dirt ramp at the southwest edge of the dam. I came to realize there are two other launch sites among the reeds along the southeastern edge of the reservoir. While they are all dirt ramps, it is safe to launch lighter outboard boats. I was happy to see that the weed growth wasn't too bad, except that some had started to break off and float free on the surface of the water. All in all, but for the wind the conditions were very favorable.
|FisherDad about to launch the Escape,|
Egan Range as backdrop
I pressed on to the eastern edge of the reservoir to fish along the reeds. The wind was blowing consistently from the north, pushing me towards the dam. I finned constantly trying to slow the pace so that I could cover the edges more thoroughly. A short but strong burst of wind got me near the dam sooner than I hoped. As I was finning hard to get back to where I started I hooked into a large trout. It leaped once and I could see it was one of the better fish I've ever hooked at Kirch. Upon netting it and placing it on the stripping apron I was pleased to see it stretched out to nineteen inches. It was somewhat sleek, maybe 2.5 pounds.
|First trout of the day, a 19-inch rainbow|
|From tail to nose, just over 19 inches|
|Last trout of the day, a fat 19-incher|
|A view of his plumpness...|
|I'm getting out, they're getting in...|
Hot Creek Butte and Grant Range in background
|Heading east from Dacey, looking at the village near Sunnyside, |
Egan Range in background
|First fish, looking like a young largemouth bass|