I took a little drive over to Lake Tabeaud (pronounced Taboo) this morning to practice fly casting. This would be day 3. I went to the inlet and put a black Wooly Bugger on rather than my bright orange test streamer. Just in case. To understand this area of the lake, the local electric company runs water, from somewhere, into the lake via a big tube. At the beginning of this area, there are a lot of trees and the water is extremely fast. I walked down a ways and picked a spot where I could cast. I casted and the Bugger flopped on the water. Casted again and it flopped again. See what happens when you take time off. Finally got back in the swing and got several good casts. Nothing happened, so I changed location downstream a bit. Several casts later, changed to Clouser Minnow. This is where it gets interesting.
I was casting and across the lake, there was a huge, and I mean huge explosion of water. That's the only way I can describe it. I estimated it to be 3 to 4 feet in diameter and 6 to 7 feet high. My first thought was "What ever that is, I hope it's not coming this way". This was right out of the SciFi Channel. Then I heard a vehicle drive away. OK, maybe the DFG planted. So I jumped into my truck and drove around to that area. When I got to one area that I could see the lake, there was still "boiling" in the spot where I figure it happened. I thought, wow, this is going to be fun. Got to the picnic area, parked, and walked down to the lake. Keep in mind, except for the vehicle I heard drive away, I'm the only person there.
I took a good look at where I thought it happened and it would have been around 100 yards off shore. I don't think the DFG would blast out the plant that far. I fished a while with no results and went back to get my spinning gear so I could cast out farther. Still nothing. A plant would have produced something. This was starting to get creepy.
OK, lets go way out on a limb here. There was another vehicle in the area (I heard it and it left right after). There was a huge explosion of water about 100 yards off shore. There's a lot of ducks and geese in the area. Somebody doesn't like ducks & geese? Could somebody have lobbed a big firecracker (really big) or a stick of dynamite out into the lake? There were no dead & floating ducks, geese, or fish. I thought maybe a big Brown (there are supposed to be some big ones in this lake) took a shot at a duck. Not that big of a water explosion. Remember, 3 to 4 wide and 6 to 7 feet high.
Well, the mystery continues. I do have some friends that have more knowledge of this lake and I intend to ask if they might know what happened. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
Fly casting turns Twilight Zone. I'd give you the music, but can't carry a tune in a bucket. Calm turns creepy. At least I didn't see big waves coming in my direction across the lake. I've got to stop watching those movies on the SfiFi Channel.
Till I can get back out, or find an answer to the creepy explosion question, remember: "A bad day fishing could be caused by a huge explosion in the lake or maybe not." Hell, I was only practicing anyway.
Countdown to Oregon - 20 days.