Warming up nicely - As the title says it’s warming up nicely. Which as the central heating suffered a catastrophic failure a few weeks ageo is actually a very good thing. T...
2 weeks ago
After a lengthy fight, I
finally landed this 2 lb. spot in what was an awesome start for the morning.
For sheer power and fight the Spotted Bass has to be considered in the league
with the smallmouth and a large brown trout.
I could have landed this bass
in a matter of seconds using a 7 ft. fast action rod and baitcasting reel; but
I would have missed the challenge of landing a superior fish verses a 5 wt. fly
rod. I feel it takes a great amount of skill and finance to land any fish 2 lbs.
and over using a 5 wt. fly rod and below. It seems in the fishing environment of
today individuals are obsessed with landing a big fish and getting it to hand
in a matter of seconds. I have to admit when I was younger and doing the bass
fishing tournaments I was that guy. One doesn’t have to land a huge fish to experience
the thrill of fishing, especially if you are using the fly rod. I can get just
as excited landing an 8 inch rainbow with my 3 wt. as I can landing this spot
today with my 5 wt. I realize now years later what I have been missing back in
the day, when I gave up the fly rod at an early age. I hope to spend the rest
of my fishing days enjoying landing many more fish using my fly rods.
As the sun got higher
overhead the fish move deeper, so I tie on an olive beadhead nymph which
produced this nice gill.
Charles and I landed numerous
bluegills using this pattern. I am no fly tier, but it looks fairly simply to
tie. It proved to be a winner when all else failed. Working it slowly and
letting it drop with a slow retrieve made for some savage hits. I haven’t tried
this fly for trout but you can bet they will see it on my next trip to the tailrace.
One can really see lots of
drift wood and structure this time of year on the lake. I have carried numerous
drift wood pieces and stumps home this time of year along with a few bluegills
for some great table fare. I am so lucky to have this body of water to fish, as
all of would say about your home waters.