The pass was clear, and 19 degrees, just roasting. We stopped in Cle Elum to gas up and pick up some corn dogs, Jo Jo’s, and fried Chicken tenders, a meal fit for the cold weather fly fisherman. When we stopped into Ephrata, I like to visit Darce and find out how things are going. We talked fishing a little but wanted to head out and catch some fish.
The high was supposed to be 18 in Ephrata and Im sure it was a degree or two colder at the Ford. I was glad I brought all my cold weather gear. 1000 weight Duck’s Unlimited neoprene waders, full head ski mask, fingerless neoprene gloves, layered Patagonia fleece and capilene with down vest and of course hand warmers. I was downright sizzling with this outifit and was comfortable and cozy in the get up.
I’d picked up several pigs above the spillway hole. The secret sauce fly was a size 14 snowcone bloodworm and size 16 orange scud under a Thingamabobber with 6 lb Fluorocarbon. I set Shawn up with the same set up and within a few casts he’d induced a couple of nice trout to take, but was tougher to stick the hooks into those fish. Oh well… at lease he had a couple of head shakes and got to see the piggies that live in the trout pond.
I know most folks either love the Ford or despise it. It can be extremely challenging most folks as the sight of big trout just feet away and not being able to induce them to bite with all your offerings. We fished for 5 hours and I picked up a few more fish near the hatchery zone and decided it was time to pack up and leave for the drive back. I was glad to make the trek to fish, and Im glad that Shawn was able to connect, hopefully the next time he visits he’ll be able to net one of those footballs.