Monday, October 7, 2013
Using the Boggle Bug Popper for Some Fall Fly Fishing
My fishing buddy Charles and I made a fall fishing trip Tuesday to
for some Boggle Bug top water action. The weather was
excellent with no humidity at all and the water temperature was a cool 78. Both
of us love fly fishing and it made for a great morning outing. We pretty much
had the lake to ourselves and the smooth water surface was excellent to work
the Boggle popper. Smith Lake
I scored early with the yellow popper fishing it with a slight jerk motion. I missed two fish before this spot finally inhaled the popper in water 30 ft. deep. The water this time of the year on Smith is crystal clear so the bass had no trouble seeing the yellow color. This bass put forth a solid test for the 5 wt. 9 ft. Redington. After numerous runs in depths of 50 ft. or more I finally got to touch this beauty.
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.
After the top action slowed I changed fly rods and starting casting my trusted Black Gant using my 4 wt. There was a slight breeze which hampered the top action so the Gnat proved effective just under the surface connecting with this nice bull bluegill. I would have counted this beauty but my quest is over for this year.
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.