Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 07/09/2019


Photo taken on June 30, 2019


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Diamond Lake, Oregon

On Diamond Lake with a View of Mt. Thielson

On Diamond Lake with a View of Mt. Thielson 

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Since I've been posting about Diamond Lake for the past two days, I thought I'd continue the trend with another adventure we had when we were there!

We'd done some reading and learned that Diamond Lake was supposedly an absolutely fantastic place for fishing! If reports were to be believed, the fish nearly jumped into the boats, so eager were they to become our dinner. We couldn't wait to try our luck!

First we tried shore fishing. A few hours of nary a single nibble, we retreated to our RV feeling a bit disappointed but understanding that you can't always get lucky! And besides, we were looking forward to the next day, as we'd signed up for an all-day boat rental! Visions of a boat full of fish swam around in our heads as we fell asleep that night.

We PLANNED to get up at about 7am…but when the thermometer read 30 degrees we quickly decided a nice long snuggle was a much better idea. The fish could wait, thank you very much!

The sun was shining brightly when we arrived at the marina. It was a much warmer and more reasonable hour of 9am, and we were soon on our way with Steve happily motoring us along. We'd gotten advice on where we should try our luck and soon we were anchored, baited up and casting our lines into the cobalt waters of Diamond Lake.

Cutting to the chase: we are now convinced that Diamond Lake has no fish! :D We spent about 12 hours between us with not a single bite. We tried fishing all over the lake with no avail. We did catch some weeds and an old, rusty lure but I don't think that counts. We saw a few fish jump so there ARE fish in the lake. As highly touted as one of the best lakes to fish in Oregon, they certainly didn't bite while we were fishing.

We tried everything from real and fake worms to flashy spinners and all kinds of interesting baits which included floating and non-floating marshmallows in a variety of colors and scents, we tried using bobbers to get distance, down and up presentations (bait sinking down from a bobber or floating to a specific depth, using weights to sink the bait or bring the bait down to a certain depth as it floats from the bottom) reeling in slow and fast, and just letting the bait sit. Not a single nibble.

Even though it would have been fantastic to catch even one fish--or get a single nibble for that matter, we didn't mind. It was fun to get the opportunity to try. We got to use lots of different methods. We both got better with our casting and rigging our lines. Our conversations were very nice and it was so peaceful just sitting out there on that beautiful lake, gazing up at the lovely mountains that peered down at us with their snowy caps. One of the things I mentioned was the bliss of having all of this time to just SIT and soak in the atmosphere and setting. Steve agreed completely.

In between our attempts to catch fish, we had a fabulous day on the lake. The weather was wonderful. Puffy-white clouds kept the heat down when the sun caused us to take off our sweaters. Later on the storm clouds raised a bit of concern but it never rained. Steve was happy as a clam motoring up and down the lake, across from one side to the other, maneuvering in to dock up for bathroom breaks, and even keeping us from harm!

When we began the day's adventure on the lake, the water was mirror-smooth, but as the hours passed, a breeze formed and in the afternoon it began to get windy enough that being out in the middle of the lake was quite choppy indeed. After returning to the boat after a lunch break at the RV, we decided to motor the long distance to the southern shores. We'd read that bait fishing was said to be fruitful and since we saw no boats so far from the marina, we thought maybe we'd have a chance at a nibble. However, the closer we got, the choppier the water became. Upon arriving at a likely fishing spot, our boat bobbed up and down like a cork with waves that we large enough to be disturbing. We realized that fishing would be stressful and perhaps even dangerous because of the unpredictability of the white-caps and wind. Looking at the ominous storm clouds above, we agreed it was time to head back.

Carefully moving through the choppy water, Steve hugged the shoreline and I held on tight. We likened the trip to an "E-Ticket-Ride" with the constant slap-slap of the boat bouncing over the waves and steering to aim into the swells. Both of us laughed with the excitement of the ride, what a thrill! Once we returned to the marina, we climbed out of the boat, exhausted but very happy with our day. We squared up with the harbor master and as we drove the three miles back to the RV, both of us enjoyed talking about the nice day we'd had. Yes, it would have been nice to have caught some fish we still had a great time!

I am including four other pictures as insets which show the lovely setting, including Mt. Thielson (pointy cap) and Mt. Bailey (round cap), the beautiful forest edging the lake, and a pair of fun pictures of Steve fishing and motoring us along!

Pam, I'm hoping this day has treated you well--I'm sorry to hear that you have a similar problem with pesky rodents. Moles are absolutely horrible as well. We get them too but not as much as the ground squirrels. UGH! Oh well, live and let live…but we don't have to like it! :D *BIG HUGS TO YOU!*

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39 comments - The latest ones
Kawasirius
Kawasirius
Jolie description d'une journée de pêche pas du tout fructueuse sur ce superbe lac et aux paysages de rêves ! Je pense que vous avez dû passer des moments merveilleux malgré un épisode mouvementé par cette houle imprévue. Vos photos sont d'une beauté et une qualité exceptionnelle ! Dans la continuité de ce que vous nous avez habitués ! Je vous souhaite ainsi qu'à Steve une bonne et agréable journée, Janet !
11 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
3HAAT A BEAUTIFUL LAKE AND WONDERFUL DAY. SOME FISHING DAYS ARE JUST LIKE THAT... OTHERS YOU CANT GO WRONG. WATER TEMPERATURE AND REFRACTIVE INDEX CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO.

BUT THE REAL JOY AS YOU FOUND IS THE SURROUNDINGS AND THE SHEER PLEASURE OF BEING AT ONE WITH IT ALL.

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
11 months ago.
neira-Dan
neira-Dan
Magnifique prise , paysage de toute beauté !!
Très bonne semaine chère Janet
11 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Wow ! That's a wonderful landscape, Janet ! Nature pure !
11 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful series of landscape imagesl well done Janet.
11 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Fabulous series of images from a wonderful landscape !
11 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
This is a stunning capture Janet, the clouds and the water are amazing. What a very beautiful place.
11 months ago.
Boro
Boro
Superbe *********
11 months ago.
Luciano Favretto
Luciano Favretto
Uno spettacolo tutto naturale
11 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Well, the fishing may not have worked out, but at least it seems you had good weather to capture this lovely series, Janet.
11 months ago.
Pisti
Pisti
Wonderful pictures of a wonderful landscape and water. Thank you for posting, I enjoyed your series and felt the relaxing atmosphere.
11 months ago.
uwschu
uwschu
wunderschöne Landschaft, da kann (muss) man es aushalten
11 months ago.
FotoArt
FotoArt
Feines Spiel mit Landschaft, Himmel und Wolken.
11 months ago.
Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac
Excellent. Nicole.
11 months ago.
trester88
trester88
Wunderschöne Landschaftaufnahmen mit fantastischen Wolken!
11 months ago.
Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock
I love the 3-D effect you have captured in the clouds. Cheers, Joe
11 months ago.
Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo
Bonitas tomas.
11 months ago.
RHH
RHH
Wow! Look at all that blue! Wonderful place and wonderful photo and another place to add to our list. Sorry you didn't catch any fish, but my fishing philosophy is something like this - even if I don't catch anything it was nice to be out on the lake and if I had caught anything I'd have had to clean and cook it, so all in all, it was a good day.

Brunch this morning with two daughters and the littles and then some errands and home. Now mowing and weeding and the yard work await and I'm am procrastinating as much as I possibly can. Did get the backpacking gear all cleaned and aired and put away until next time, which we hope isn't too far away.

Impressed that you guys are headed out again and for such a long time. Really didn't think anyone was away as much and as long as we are, but you and Steve definitely get an award. Hope everything goes well. I've assumed that on such a long trip you are going to Vancouver Island and not the city. Envious.

We lived a short distance from the Tswassen Ferry but only made it to the island a couple of times. The ferry is quite expensive and that always put us off, but would like to go, travel up the island, cross again at the north end to the mainland and then meander through the mountains of British Columbia.

Noticed as we drove down our road this morning that the same flower I posted today is blooming in the fields - that's the Prairie Mariposa. They are such elegant flowers and I'm eager to see some of the other species that grow south and east of us. There's only one or two others I've seen and photographed.

Ah, well, the time has come, as the Walrus said, to speak of many things and especially of whethere I'm ever going to get my butt out of this chair and get the mowing done. It's mostly mowing weeds, but they are most untidy when they get out of hand as they have in our recent absence. Back again this evening.
11 months ago.
RHH has added
The lawn is mowed, the beds are weeded and I'm exhausted. However, friends from Alberta just called and said they are in town and could they come over, so it may be we have to change our plans for supper as well, from Singapore noodles to something more North American, perhaps chicken or something like that. We eat a varied menu you've no doubt noticed, but have friends and family who are beef and potatoes and beans only so we do try to accomodate them when they are around.
11 months ago.
RHH has added
I've tried to get Nancy to post on Ipernity but with not success thus far.
11 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Excellent addition to the group Janet
Thank you for posting
www.ipernity.com/group/magicalsunlight
11 months ago.
Peter Castell
Peter Castell
A wonderful landscape and magical clouds Janet
11 months ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
What an absolutely fabulous place. I just love the first inset - that is a winner in my eyes. The others are gorgeous, even the one with Steve!!!! You can hardly believe that those photos were taken on the same day with a beautiful classic mirror water with blue skies and puffy white clouds, to the choppy water with ominous dark grey clouds above. Shame about not catching any fish, still it seems as if you had a wonderful time, just relaxing and chatting with Steve.
11 months ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Wonderful shots of what is obviously a gorgeous place to be. Glad you had a great day even if the fish refused to cooperate.
11 months ago.
Léopold
Léopold
Les couleurs et le décor naturel sont pures merveilles.
11 months ago.
Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo
wonderful!
11 months ago.
cammino
cammino
Beautiul reflections!
11 months ago.
Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38
Magical stunning landscape!******
11 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
What an idyllic location................you've captured it beautifully Janet. I really enjoyed looking at these photos and reading about your fishing adventures!

I thought you might like this quote by the late Ted Hughes, an English poet:

"Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self".
11 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Beautiful views with nice blue sky and water Janet!

11 months ago.
polytropos
polytropos
Wow! How beautiful! Also the PIP's! I like them all!
11 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Exceptional shots!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
11 months ago.
Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx
Une superbe capture !
11 months ago.
David Michael
David Michael
wow...what a location, simply stunning (and some compensation for the paucity of bites....)
11 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Wow, what a stunning location! Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us!
11 months ago.
Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle
Beautiful stuff my friend. thanks for sharing the boat ride too. I can see why this lake is so named. Sounds and looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.
11 months ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
des vues magnifiques***********************
10 months ago.
Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12…
So very beautiful!
9 months ago.
Shmoo
Shmoo
beautiful janet! i love the detail in the water and the clouds
9 months ago.