Our plan for the day was to either launch the Float Tube Cumberland into White Pines Lake in Arnold or Lake Alpine further up the hill. Neither happened.
We took a sharp right at the road that went to Spicer Meadows Reservoir and a left to a lake called Union Reservoir (no, not the Union Valley Reservoir up by Icehouse).
When I left the house, the Float Tube Cumberland was almost completely deflated. We had to stop before Union because I thought the bladders were going to pop. Altitude increased the air in the bladders so much it made them like a very full balloon. On the way home, I let out a little air and by the time I got there, the bladders were like a wet noodle. Very dramatic difference between 1000 ft (Home) and 6600 ft. (Union Reservoir).
Started out from where I took the next three pictures and flippered over in the direction of the dam.
|Across the cove|
|The dam on the far side|
|The rest of the lake|
|Nice and calm|
|Way out there|
|Getting a little bouncy|
Loaded up and headed to Lake Alpine (see photo's on the July 20th post) and set up a little West of where we were that day. Too many people swimming in the previous place. I put out two lines with rainbow Power Bait and Yuki put out one with rainbow Power Bait and one with a crawler.
Then the biting started. I took first blood, the caught the second one. Then Yuki caught one on the rainbow Power Bait. Then I caught three more. We wrapped it up at 3:00 with five on the stringer that Yuki took home. It ended up pretty good for a day that started out fishless.
AND, the Float Tube Cumberland is baaaaack.