Date(s) - 04/30/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
DATE: Monday :April 30th 2018
EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITONS: LOOK OUTSIDE
START TIME: Meet up at the parking lot at 9AM.
SIGN UP: Go to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/padden-lake-whatcom-county-wa-tickets-45142377065
HOST: Name John Leighton 360 724 6381
DESIGNATED PHOTOGRAPHER: Please submit any photos to Outings Coordinator
Directions: Take I-5 to exit 252 to Samish way to the Lake
Access/Parking: Park in Parking Lot
PARKS PASS: none
LODGING/CAMPING: This is a one day outing-No reservations have been made for this outing.
RAFFLES: No Raffle at this event.
FISHING TYPE: Still Water Lake
BOAT: Although you can fish from shore at this lake, a boat, float tube or pontoon boat of some sort is recommended. Remember the water will be cold! In addition to your usual gear remember your PFD.
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE STOCKED RAINBOW TROUT, COASTAL CUTTHROAT TROUT, AND KOKANEE AND RESIDENT LARGEMOUTH BASS.
FISHING EQUIPMENT: TWO POLE FISING IS ALLOWED (requires appropriate endorsement)
RODS: 4-7 WEIGHTS
LINES: FLOATING, SINK-TIP AND SINKING
LEADERS: STANDARD SIZES FOR EITHER CHIRONOMID OR SUB SURFACE
STYLE FISHING. Note: Leaders for this lake will usually be about 9 foot. Longer if you are under an indicator (your lower fly should be able to get within 1’ of the bottom). If you are trolling you can get by with a 6 foot leader.
FLY PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS:
Chronomids, Nymphs, streamers and leeches:
For some of the smaller nymphs: copper johns, brassies, hare’s ear, pheasant tail, etc.
The chronomids can be fished under an indicator or without. Either way, you will need long leaders and fish it slow. In addition to a single fly, you can add one dropper. This could be two chronomids, a nymph and a chronomid or any two patterns. One good combination is a copper john trailing a chronomid. Another is a chromie on top with another chronomid below (18-24 inches). The bright upper fly will draw attention but often the take will be on the lower fly. A preferred set up uses a long tag off the upper fly for the dropper. The nymphs can be fished with intermediate sinking lines and long leaders as well. The hunt for big fish is usually later in the evening and fish can be found by casting to the edges of the lake in the brush piles.
One other productive tactic is trolling a nymph, leech or streamer. You can cover a lot more water. To get the fly down, a sinking line is required.
THE FLY CHALLENGE: The contest is on..Biggest fish , Most fish, First fish will be awarded prizes. See John for details the day of the outing.
Go the following link for detailed regulations, open seasons, maps, and current fishing conditions and fishing reports for Padden Lake
Boat, pontoon or Float tube
-Appropriate gear (waders, waist/chest belt for the waders, wading shoes, rain gear, hat, polarized sun glasses)
-First Aid Kit
-Food & Water (Bring plenty of Water.)
– Water proof Sun Screen
– Extra clothing (in the event you get wet and or cold)
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: MUST WEAR A PFD
It is the responsibility of each 4CFF member and guest to be prepared for each fishing outing by having the proper equipment including personal flotation devices. Know your own capabilities, or lack thereof, and plan accordingly. It is also the responsibility of each 4CFF member and guest to know the fishing rules and regulations. Don’t be bashful in asking other members for help. It’s ok to ask whether or not you need to use barbless hooks, etc.