To be filleted and put in the freezer. This lake is loaded with this size bluegills because it is stocked each year with 100,000 bream 4" long. None of these bream were on beds. The water temp. was around 72. I knew blogging would help me improve fly fishing!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
A Big Dose of Gill Mania
son-in-law B.T. caught most of his big gills on last weekend. This bank was in the shade most of the afternoon which made for some excellent takes on top. I continued looking for shady banks with this same bug pattern until one take was so violent the fish run deep and broke off in a brush pile. At that point, I had 8 in the cooler. I immediately switch to a similar pattern which slowed the hits. I was getting movement under the popper but no takes. This proved to me color and pattern is a factor when it comes to poppers. I decided to switch to the black nymph gnat, which I used earlier this year. That day I had a lot of success with it even in the sunlight. After fishing with it until sundown it proved it's worth helping me land an additional 10 more bulls. I was fishing it like a streamer slowly moving it back to me. The takes were so awesome that I lost 3 gnats in the brush and another fish just broke off. With the sun nearly out of sight for the day, I decided to try something one of my bloggers suggested last week. He told me I could really land some nice bream using the Muddler Minnow size number 8. It just so happened that I had one tie on my 5 Wt. 8 ½ ft. So on my way out, I decided to fish one of the many treetops in the lake. With a few false casts, I made a good 50 ft. Muddler presentation. I twitched it slightly and bam the fish was on and carried me in a semicircle on the other side of the boat. I managed to finally land him after stripping line at my feet, and gently reaching down and lifting him in the boat. I had my digital scales with me and he weighed in at 13.8 oz. my largest ever on the fly. As I made my way to the landing I wanted to make one more cast to the other treetop adjacent to the dock. With one cast left, I did a shoot cast in front of the treetop and within a few seconds a large bull inhaled the Muddler and took off for deep water. I landed him and he weighed in at 12.14 oz. my second-largest bull ever. At that point, I would have gone to the depths of the lake after my Muddler Minnow if it had been hung. You know in fishing there are always those trips you never forget; this was one of those trips. I look back on the many, many fishing trips I’ve been on and this was the best warm water fly fishing trip ever for me. By the way, I WILL BE BACK!!!!