Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Hatchery Dust Challenge Part Two

As I said on Monday, "BUT, being the fair fisherman I am, I'm going to give Hatchery Dust one more try out at Lake Camanche North Shore later this week."

I met Yuki at the North Shore Day Use Area of Lake Camanche for a day of sitting in the sun. It was also a day for giving "Hatchery Dust" a second chance. 

Just like at New Melones, one rod with plain rainbow Power Bait the other with Hatchery Dust. First test, out about 50 feet.

Second test out as far as I could cast it.

Results: NOTHING. Four hours of soaking up Vitamin D from the sun.

A good spot at Camanche
It's not that there weren't fish out there because a couple guys in a boat just beyond where we were, caught a couple as we watched. The problem was that the so good it "Should be illegal to use" Hatchery Dust didn't attract anything. On the other hand, Power Bait didn't either.

Cloud pictures
So I resorted to taking cloud pictures to entertain myself. This was the only one that turned out good. That's the kind of day it was.

Since both the tests proved to be negative, below is a picture of the Hatchery Dust in three flavors in the trash can. $19.00 down the tube.  

Hatchery Dust
Hey, I thought I gave it a fair chance.

BUT, Yuki and I came up with a fantastic idea. See, at Lake Camanche the wind blows from right to left most days. Here's our idea. Leave one truck up by the parking lot and take Yuki's Kayak and the Float Tube Cumberland, in the other truck down to the far end of the peninsula (now about a half mile) and launch. We can, in my case, flipper out to the buoys and let the wind push us back to the other truck. Yuki can paddle out in his kayak. What a concept.

Little effort on either of our parts and we can strip Wooly Buggers (or maybe a Thin Mint) all the way back. Don't know why I didn't think of that before. Must be getting old. Maybe next week or the week after.

Stay tuned.


  1. Mark
    I wish I had the money back I've spent on gadgets to improve my fish catch. The one item I've found that works for me in the spring to increase my crappie catch is the crappie nibblet, tipped on the hook point.

  2. I guarantee you that if you give Yuki's idea a try, a Wooly Bugger or a Thin Mint will hook a fish if there are any in there. Besides. an ol' saying comes into place. "If I am not going to catch any fish, I might as not catch any with a fly rod".

  3. Worth a try, but congrats on making up your own mind. I like the new plan. The best defense is a good offense.

  4. Never do today what you can put off til tomorrow...yep, geezerhood.

  5. I had to look up Hatchery Dust after reading this, looks like some people use it for cat fishing… but raised similar concerns with not catching any trout on it.