View Full Version : TRIED to get into Donnell Res Saturday but...

08-06-2007, 04:54 PM
A friend, Jessie and I TRIED to get into Donnell Res. Saturday but the Gate was closed. *:'( As we turned around we came upon a couple of guys pulling their motorcycles off the back of their truck. They were going to ride around the gate to the lake. They told me that the road had washed out, along with a boulder falling on the road the size of a house. The boulder had been removed & there was repairs done to the road by cutting further into the hill. But the road was still treacherous to drive. That's why they have the gate closed. grrr... oh well...

So Jessie and I went down to Beardsley instead and he wanted to fish the river. I hadn't been on the river for a few year so I thought it would be fun to check it out. We stopped briefly to talk to Flycanoe as he just got there to fish the Afterbay. Then we headed down river 1/4 mile and started where the first very long and slow pool was.


Jessie linning the flyrod..

We fished the head of that pool a while. Jessie had a VERY NICE one come up and nose his wollybugger then return back to the bottom. :o I headed up river only to stop a while to photograph the flowers and ferns and side water.

Lots of Scarlet Monkey flowers on the river.
Then I got back to fishin. The next pool I caught 3 fish, *2 dinks and a small brown.
Then I caught up with Jessie who had himself parked & fishing some nice looking water.
Some pocket water.
We finally made it back to the small dam on the bottom of the afterbay and threw our line out into the still waters. Jessie had a sculpin on and something slammed the line, but no hook up. I landed a 13" brown there then called it a night.

Didn't fall on my knees on the rocks, or break the fly rod on the rocks, (like I have done so many times before, river fishin). So it was a very good evening.


08-06-2007, 05:03 PM
As always good report and cool pics that help tell the story. :)

08-06-2007, 06:03 PM
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing. I fished all those spots in your pics on Sunday to no avail. :(

08-07-2007, 06:17 AM
Sweet show Slim!

08-07-2007, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the pics and report. Very nice. ;)

08-08-2007, 08:54 PM
Slim - Superb report and GREAT shots ... almost like being there!

Flycanoe - That's a fine outfitted fishing rig you've got there. I'm curious ... is that an outrigger I see along side?

08-09-2007, 08:04 AM
Flycanoe - That's a fine outfitted fishing rig you've got there. *I'm curious ... is that an outrigger I see along side? *

Yes, you can see more details of my setup at the link below.