My alarm went off at 2:45, wow is that early, I just don’t move very fast at that hour. Barrett, Greg and I met at the shop, loaded our gear and headed for Davis lake by 3:30. Driving through Pleasant Hill we narrowly missed a doe and two fawns, had slippery, snowy conditions going over the Pass and drank a bucket of coffee. At this point I am wondering why I left the friendly weather and water conditions of the McKenzie and Willamette.
By 6 am we are casting near the weed line at Davis Lake, laughing hysterically as we land Largemouth after Largemouth. All of us are catching fish, Barrett using a floating line, Greg a clear sinker and me a clear sink tip. We all have long(13-18ft) fluorocarbon leaders ending in 15-20lbs and massive, tough to cast lead eyed bass bugs. Cast, let the fly sink to the bottom ,and inch it back towards the boat.
Davis is still cold and is sure to get better and better as things warm. Our fishing slowed around 8:30 and we really had to work for 4 or 5 more mid day. We saw a few Callibaetis, Water Boatman and zero trout. This weekend most of the high lakes (Diamond, Crane, Wickiup, Cultus, Crescent, Odell) have their opening weekend, if you want an early start to your fishing day give Davis a try. –CD