Our fall trip to Kenauk was earlier this year than in the past. While it was great to be out fishing sooner than later for the most part we were still dealing with summer conditions and were a bit concerned that the fish would not be as cooperative as they usually were later in autumn.
We arrived to great weather – and warm water temperatures. The 69-70F surface temperatures were not promising.
While conditions were less than what we would have liked, intermediate and fast sinking lines proved to help get flies to where the fish were and it turned out they could be encouraged to bite. One of my first was a nice 18 inch rainbow that surprisingly was caught casting into shore in water less than 10 feet deep.
Afternoons proved to be slow going but early morning was productive yielding steady hits, generally over deeper water.
My most successful fly over the three day period was a rootbeer coloured palmered chenille bugger fished on a type 6 sinking line. Sometimes trolling worked best and sometimes casting and stripping.
Heading into the trip we were uncertain what to expect. Water temperatures had not cooled much but we still managed to coax quite a few fish to bite. All in all the fishing was pretty good as was the companionship. Enticing enough for a return trip.