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Butt Lake – June 2019

Took a quick run to Butt Lake for a little father/son fishing get away; hoping for the hex hatch to be kicking.

Found a nice shady spot to set up and all systems on the ‘pod worked after too long of a layoff…
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Some quick protein for the first eve’s outing…20190618_butt_blog_0002

All staged up to get on the water…20190618_butt_blog_0003

They have really been draining this lake and I don’t think the fish are happy about it.  This, combined with very little in the way of a hex hatch made the fishing pretty tough.  The boy persevered and stuck a couple the first eve though…20190619_butt_blog_0014

While I foul-hooked about a 5lb squawfish…that lake REALLY mistreats me sometimes…20190618_squaw_blog_0001

…and that’s our ‘yaks WAY down there…just about as low as I’ve ever seen the lake…20190619_butt_blog_0012

When we started loading we discovered his boat had a good bit of water in it, presumably due to this…must have been from the tire on our little trailer on a previous outing…don’t know how we didn’t see it earlier!20190619_085130

Wednesday was a nice morning so we took a drive.  Ended up at Butt Creek for a bit.  The boy hooked one under this bridge…20190619_butt_blog_0004

Where he proceeded to scare me just a tad as he chased the thing down a small rapid…20190619_butt_blog_0005

…but ultimately landed it safely…20190619_butt_blog_0008

Pretty ‘bow…20190619_butt_blog_0007

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Some gourmet camp cookin’ before the second night out..20190619_butt_blog_0010

Gorilla tape over the hole and back at it…20190619_broke-boat_blog_0002

James had a similar success rate and I had a similar failure rate the second eve…20190619_butt_blog_0015

Darn beautiful on the water both evenings though…20190619_butt_blog_0013

All in all, another great trip.  Now time to learn how to plastic weld something other than duct tape on that poor ‘yak.  I can’t afford another boat right now…lol…

Butt Lake Hex Hatch

Yesterday was the full moon on the summer solstice.  That doesn’t happen too often.  What should one do to commemorate it?  Go check out the hexagenia hatch on Butt Lake of course!  I took the boy for a father/son boat ride.  We started fishing around 5pm, fighting the up-lake wind that seems to happen in summer afternoons on that lake.  Caught one dink smallmouth not worthy of a photo while the sun was out.  However, as hoped, the lake laid down as the sun got low and those big ol’ mayflies started showing themselves.  We’d prepared for it earlier in the day by tying some marabou jigs to fish under floats (I think bass-fishers call it “float and fly”).  I missed more than I hooked (I think there were some smallish fish in the area doing “drive-bys”) but the spectacle is always fun to watch and I did stick a couple fish…

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When the float went down again I figured I’d let the boy do battle with one…

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But the boy’s first hex hatch smallmouth was sort of funny lookin’…

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Shortly after this fish it got tough to see our bobbers so we watched that big ol’ moon rise over the lake and headed back to the ramp.

Great outing with my boy!