JUNE 12TH DOUBLE R REPORT
Thursday, June 12, 2014:
The persistent wind made the morning fishing on the Double R Ranch water slow this morning. I was greeted by a flight of medium sized egg laying caddis so I swam soft hackles under them and in front of the few swirling trout that were interested in the caddis. It looked to me like the beginning of the White Miller Caddis hatch. My #14 “Who Knows Freaking Why” soft hackle did not result in any takes, so I switched to a #14 Pheasant Tail soft hackle and landed three small trout before the wind came up really strong. Some trout were rising with authority in the water behind my trailer (Beat #13).
THE POND PROJECT WORKS!
Up until yesterday the Double R Ranch was operating the new dam by pouring 100 percent of the pond release over the top of the dam. In an effort to test the effect of the new dam, we started a 20 percent bottom release and also released additional pond water from the sluice gate on the north bank. Greg Loomis’ measurement at the Gazebo bridge was 2.5 degrees colder than the temperature at Kilpatrick Bridge . . . meaning that the water is cooler on the Double R Ranch than on the Nature Conservancy Preserve!
One inconvenience of the dam during this experiment was that the level of the Pond would fluctuate, necessitating a series of manual adjustments of the gates of the dam. However, we are purchasing a computerized automatic gate adjustment system (at a cost of $5,000) which will end the need to make manual gate adjustments and allow us to achieve as much as 100 percent bottom release. I will let you know about the extent of the additional incremental water temperature reduction.
Yesterday afternoon trout were rising all along the new island on the north side of The Pond. I have heard rumors of hatching Callibaetis on The Pond but have not personally confirmed the sightings. The hatch should happen any day now.