I recently discovered a lake maybe 2 blocks from my house in east anchorage and even though it is surrounded by house's and isn't on the stocking list, it stil contains a nice populations of big rainbow trout!! I first noticed them jumping all over the lake and when they jump the JUMP!! I mean they come flying 2 and 3 feet out of the water. These are nice fish too, some looked at least 19 inches.
After a sunny day I took my float tube out and managed to catch 2 nice 14inch rainbows. The next day my girl friend caught two even nicer rainbows at about 17 inches. They were golden with dark red streak, very pretty. We caught all those fish on marlbou lake leeches, I used black and she used a dark redish orange one. However, the last two times we have gone out we have gotten SKUNKED! The big bows are jumping sky high all around us but nothing is fooling them, not even the leaches that they jumped on before. It has been rainy so maybe the feeding has changed.
My QUESTION is what are the fish flying out of the water for??
I tried a Fry, Adams, leeches, elk hare caddis, green and brown bead head nymphs, royal coachmen, griffins gnat and some other odds and ends.
the only bugs on the water are these tiny black flies. but it seems like a very small fly for that big of fish to jump so high for.
Any ideas or suggestions for fishing these spunky bows at this time of year would be greatly appreciated. For those of you interested in fishing this little urban gem, feel free to PM me and I will tell you the name of the lake!