Fly Fishing Wild Billy Lake

Thursday May 2nd – Sunday May 5th, 2019
Wild Billy Lake looked a lot different this year than last. The lake was really, really high but even though it looked iffy for awhile most everyone showed up. 

Thursday May 2nd – Even though the lake was high it was still beautiful. Gene and Judy had their trailer set up in no time and we followed suit. We scoped out 2 huge eagles at the shoreline across from us, standing side by side at the waters edge, like besties just passing the time. The large and lovely pelicans were in flight and afloat, some with a catch of nice sized trout in tow. A good sign for the fly fishers! The weather was clear and crisp (cold) but by afternoon it warmed up a bit.

Friday May 3rd – It was cold in the morning but nicer as the day wore on. The fisherman were out and about in their pontoon boats. Gene had a few on even though he seemed to be the only one catching. Judy and I took in the view and watched the snakes swim across the water and the giant bumble bees in the trees. We’re dry camping so the sound of our generators humming probably kept the pelicans on the other side of the lake. 

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Ron had his planes with him again this year and they’re always fun to watch. He brought a jet boat this time and it was cool and super  fast!  He lost one plane on the water but JP rescued it, so no harm done.  

Wild Billy 10

The guys were out on the water on and off all day but the catching was slow. JP and I went out in the evening and I had one on but no catch for us. The sunset was awesome though. Judy baked oatmeal cake so we had a yummy dessert, and all settled in at the campfire . 

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Saturday May 4th – Judy and I took  a 3+  mile hike around the lake . We saw all kinds of hoof and paw prints. We’ve heard coyote and there are antelope but we didn’t see any.  It was sunny and got pretty warm but the water level was still way up so we had to take the high road on our hike so we weren’t treading in the boggy ground.

Sunday May 5th – Last day to fish and everyone seemed to have a better day. We lucked out having nice weather while we were at Wild Billy but the heavy rains before we got there made for less fish, but everyone loved having the lake to ourselves and had a good time! Below is JP’s catch – and his partner in crime!

The road in and out to Wild Billy is a bit rough. It was close getting through the limbs going in but going out there had to be some limb trimming to save us from roof damages on our trailers. Gene and JP managed to cut the low lying limbs down and save the day.IMG_0066

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