Re: How to fish the Waukegan power plant discharge


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Posted by bob long, jr. from 63.75.19.147 on February 08, 2002 at 15:46:51:

In Reply to: How to fish the Waukegan power plant discharge posted by Brandon on February 07, 2002 at 19:54:11:

Brandon,

Virtually impossible. I tried since 1980 to fly fish that place and it conpsires against the fly rod at every opportunity.

1. If the fish are in so are the corwds, amking casting impossible.
2. the water is extremely fast and has odd currents making getting a fly down and staying down, difficult.
3. The fish tend to hug the far side wall, and even when you can cast over there and mend like a son-of-a-gun, the fly is quickly pulled away from the wall by current.
Fish also take on the down stream end of the drift. However, the current raises the flyline so quickly the fly rises out of the fish zone again.

We tried everything: sinking lines, sink tips, split shot, foating flies, single eggs, spawn sacs, weighted flies, spey rods, splunking, dunking, dabbling. Casting up stream, across stream and downstream.

Not to say "impossible" just virtually so. If you are successful, let me know.


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