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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:06 am 
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Here's a vicarious photo journal of the O'neill Forebay scenery captured by the Olympus 8010 P&S over the last few months - enjoy!

- Mark


The water was pretty weedy (but very fishy) in early October...
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A bunch of these guys fluttered around the weedbeds & shoreline...
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Flocks of mudhens often cruised the flats when the wind wasn't howling...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:19 am 
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Speaking of the wind...
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Oftentimes the only way I got the line wet was to wade the edges of the flats at low water & cast downwind...
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...with something similar to this attached to the end...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:31 am 
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There were times when it was just a matter of waiting for the sun to go down before things became interesting...
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...and directing a cast towards the end of a rainbow...
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...sometimes plopped the fly into the proverbial pot-o-gold (piscatorially speaking)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:51 am 
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The water levels on the Forebay frequently fluctuated by several feet over relatively short periods. Here's a look at Check 12 intake about an hour after the valve was opened...
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But when the water was skinny, I often retrieved a weedless pattern in snaggy, shallow cover...
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...that sometimes produced unexpected results (future trophy, no doubt)...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:01 am 
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By mid-November the days grew seasonably short. The water temperatures dropped steadily as bouts of cold, wet & windy weather swept across the Forebay...
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But when the skies cleared & the wind laid down, it was game on!!!
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A good eat from a strong, healthy lineside...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:31 am 
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The end of November into early December was a familiar seasonal transition. There were days when the Forebay was silky smooth & shimmered under clear, bluebird skies...
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On other days, the tule fog that emerged from the damp earth following a heavy, cold rain was as thick as pea soup...
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During this period, some of the more productive days on the Forebay occurred when the water temps were in the mid- to low-fifties, a gray overcast hung overhead & a slight breeze ruffled the water...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:45 am 
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By now, the fish have generally hunkered-down & begun to sulk for the Winter. Here are a few more pics to savor as the new year approaches...Happy Holidays!!!! 8) 8)

- Mark

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:44 am 
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REALLY ENJOYED this mostly pictorial report!
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay is where I first fished, maybe when I was like 5 or so, caught my first keeper Linesider then too! I like to go back at least once a year. You captured a good spectrum of what it is to fish there.
Thanks Mark!


~Damian

PS: One memory I have of that place is when we fished it in the summer (from the bank) near the Medeiros entrance. In the summer the lake is LOW, so we hiked all the way down to the bank, and boy was that a sucky hike back in 100F + weather!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:11 pm 
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Mark,

super nice photo report. I've wanted to do the forebay for years now, and never get around to it. Have rods, flies, float tube. Time???

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