I went to the Osprey lake area for a bit of relaxation with the wife. We stayed at a GREAT B&B called the Jellico station. I would Highly recommend this B&B to all, Les & Darlene were very friendly and the food was beyond great.
I decided to try to fish Osprey lake on the Saturday and took off at around 9am from the B&B at Chain lake. Once I got to Osprey I decided that this would not be the place to fish because there was one hell of a wind. I went to link and found that this lake was much more protected so I pumped up the tube got the rods ready and hit the water.
Once I got to the spot that I wanted to drop anchor and throw a few chironomids, I realized that I had left the anchor at home. I also realized that since I took the car and left the truck at home, I had no rope to even Bulls**t up a anchor. I tried to cast a few chronies without the use of an anchor but as soon as I started to cast the wind kicked up.
This really got me since the Chironomids were really coming off and I knew that this is what the fish were after.
I changed my setup to a sinking line and decided to kick around the lake a little and see what I could come up with.I kicked for about 1 hour and landed 2 smaller (14″) Rainbows. This was not working so I decided to change my setup back to a floating line and a Chironomid. I figured that since I could not anchor I would try a dead drift with the wind at my back and slowing my drift with the odd kick, this helped keep the line tight.
This was the first time I had tried this and holy crap did it work, In the next 2 hours I landed 8 fish, all between 16-18″. This was fun and I will try this again in the future.
I ended up leaving the lake at around 2:30 PM because the wind had got to the point that the waves started breaking over the back of my tube.
All in all not a bad little lake, except for the a holes that were camping there. The campsite was totally overloaded with young people partying and being totally reckless on their motorbikes and ATV’s.