Elbow Lake

Angler Club Info
Date of fishing Mar 10, 2003
Rank Rank
Earned $7.01
Votes 6
Fishing experience Excellent
How busy is the place Low
Fly fishing Fishing Method
Topwater Fishing depth
23 # of fish caught
Rainbow Trout Species
25 cm (10 in) Average size
9 am - 12 am
Best time
n/a - n/a
Best time

Elbow Lake

Boat launch
Sedge grass


Silver Belly Boatman   Water Boatman   Tom Thumb          
    short hackle, red belly, sinking line type 3(!)          


Air Temperature 9 °C (48 °F)
Water Temperature 6 °C (42 °F)
Sunny Conditions
Normal Water level

This was a fun experience. It was still very cold, no prominent hatches. There is a sunken log (see the map) and there was a beaver sitting or swimming around. But my fish finder insisted that there is some activity going on in the top water. So, I anchored and decided to give it a try. I've tried different techniques and even different fly lines without much success. Fish was mostly certain was present there, so no reason to cruise further. Finally, having a sinking line (type 3) for no particular reason I attached Tom Thumb with short hackle and red belly. Made a cast. Line started to sink, while fly remained on the surface. Soon, the line was deep and dragged the fly under the surface film. Things just didn't seem to work this morning... and the very next moment - BANG! Here comes the first one. Next cast - same process - BANG! Another one. Fly was totally destroyed, so I changed it to water boatman pattern and action was non stop for the next two hours until I was completely frozen. At that time I was unfamiliar with fishing water boatmen. By incident I picked the right technique – FS line type III and a floating/dry fly. Fish always take water boatman on the way from the surface to the bottom. So, that is how you imitate the bug! Interesting, but beavers didn't seem to bother fish at all.

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