I cruised over to Lake Tabeaud (Taboo) this morning to try a "couple of things". I ran by the fly shop last week and picked up a couple of hopper patterns. I thought that Tabeaud would be a good place to test them out since there are reported (by several people) to be "big" browns in the lake.
Got there early and walked to an easily accessable place and noticed the water moving at a really slow pace. I mean, slow enough to put a dry on. So I did. While I was tying on the fly, I noticed fish hitting the surface. A little far out, but the surface none the less. The outlook was great, the water was slow, the fish? Hell if I know. I couldn't get the fly across where they were breaking the surface and there sure wasn't anything on my side.
OK, after trying a Yellow Humpy, Royal Wulff, and an Elk Hair Caddis, I changed tactics. Went with a Zebra Midge under an indicator. Then a Copper John in green under an indicator. All this time slowly dead drifting the inlet.
Wandered down the inlet a little further and fished an area just downstream from an old submerged bridge and still nothing. Wandered around the corner and fish a little pond like area. Still nothing. On the way back to the inlet I came across a gentleman in a Pontoon and his fish finder said there were "bunches" of fish in the lake, but he couldn't get any hits either.
There are fish in the lake, this calls for drastic measures. Back to the truck and out with the spinning rods, Power Bait, and Pro-Cure Anise. That should do the trick.
Remember the last time I was here and the sides were slimy? Yup, they still were and walking back, not paying attention (my mind was filled with huge fish on PB), I managed to slip and fall on my butt and I have to tell you, it was slimy. Mud every where. My sneakers were covered, my pants were covered, my t-shirt was covered, and so was my tackle box. But, I was determined. Out went two rigs.
What I caught was weeds, weeds, and more weeds. Every cast had weeds on the hook and on the sinker, no matter where I put it. So, after my little "trip" and weed after weed, I gave up. Oh, I did try three hopper patterns, with and without droppers (Prince Nymph and some other nymph, I don't know what it was) and they didn't even get noticed.
There may be "big" browns, rainbows (I caught one last July), and "bunches" of fish on the fish finder, someone else can have them. I'm done with this lake.
Till the next time.