30 April 2011
28 April 2011
No Rainbows, but my fly caught fish, and the Chicken Snakes were really cool--all in all, a good day!
24 April 2011
Being Easter, Cody and I decided we would go on an egg hunt this afternoon at the Kiwanis Park in Ennis. The park has a nice playground, wide-open spaces, a good area for families to gather, and oh, a lake, Old City Lake, to be specific. The wind blew and gave no respite, so the small rods again stayed in their cases, and the 4# and 5# saw action. Equipped with our flies, fly rods, and I in my float tube, we searched for spawning beds. The Mama Bass's spawning beds and eggs draw large schools of carnivores who just lurk and hover hoping to eat her eggs. When we fish, since lurkers harangue the female Bass to hysteria, we ignore her and try not to catch the bass on their beds. Wanting to give the Bass parents some reprieve from the pesky predators, we cast near their egg-laden beds and were rewarded nicely for a couple hours of fishing. Cody cast a CodyBugger and caught six, huge Bluegills and Green Sunfish. I also tied on a CodyBugger pattern, until some fish hammered it hard and ripped the lips and palmered grizzly hackle from the fly; I wish I had landed that one! Then, I tied on a Crayfish (tied for Belize, last year) and caught a Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, and a male Laregmouth Bass. Measured by our catches, we enjoyed a successful egg hunt and a happy Easter!
17 April 2011
Our sweet friend, fellow fly tyer, and DFF member Harvey Stahl passed away on Wednesday 6 April 2011, and Harvey's memorial service would be Monday, so before my last cast, I called the final fish of the day in memory of Harvey. I was rewarded with a rather nice White Bass. Cody also called his Last Cast in Harvey's memory and was honored nicely, too. We missed the White Bass run on the Sabine and Colorado Rivers, so stumbling in to the White Bass on our first fishing trip to the Nolan--wonderful. Designing a successful fly--superb. The fact that we were the only two on the river--priceless!
|My "Harvey" catch|
|Cody's "Harvey" catch|
09 April 2011
Okay, I know everyone says front-of-the-boat is best, but when Cody and I fish, our little Mitzi Skiff has a polling platform, and it's easy to spot the fish from there, and when your feet tire, you can sit and fish. When you're up front, stand, stand, stand is all there is and it's a hard surface. As a result, we like back-of-the-boat fishing. I drew the short straw and got the front.
The wind died down to a reasonable 10 mph, and so we wind-drifted along the shore using the drift sock to help keep us aligned and fine business was had. I really got to work my rod and Orvis Depth Charge line, and let me say I am in love. It is a smooth line that really loads the rod well, and it does not feel like I'm throwing a 300 grain line. A backcast, a double-haul, and line just slips through the guides. Now, when it hits the water, it sinks every bit like a 300 grain should. I have sinking lines and sink tip lines made by Rio and Scientific Angler, but from here on out, it is definitely Orvis Depth Charge that I will choose.
05 April 2011
I again chose the Streetman pond, and seeing as I had about 30-40 minutes in which to fish, I neglected the northern and eastern shores. I fished along the western shore as I headed south, and in the southwestern corner, I had a hit. Immediately afterwards, the fellow jumped out of the water. Talk about rubbing salt in some wounds. I fished the area again but with no luck. I was fishing from about 40 feet from the bank. I hit many spots along the southern bank, and fished pretty heavily where I caught Friday's fish. No luck, though. The wind blew from the northwest, so I let it push my tube easterly. About 15 feet from where I caught Friday's Largemouth Bass, Bam! FishOn. I didn't set the hook really well though, and in his mid-air jump, he threw my fly off. It could have easily been the same fish from Friday. I continued to let the wind blow me to the southeastern corner with no other bites, but I was content that I had a fish take the fly.
Seeing as I had been on the water since 3:50, it was time to come off and head home for veal and a clam bake. I love this field testing and will be trying out a different water body a little later in the week. Hopefully, I will be like the Rangers' Kinsler and Cruz--3 days, 3 hits, 3 home runs, baby!
02 April 2011
|Bass Brunch--Bream pattern|
In trying to decide where to test out the new fly, I had several criteria I wanted to meet. I want the fly to have a good profile in the water. I want the fly to ride anywhere from 1- 3 feet in the water column. Passionately, I want the fly to catch fish. I knew if I went to Fort Parker and fished Lake Springfield, I would catch fish, but anyone could take a thread from a loose button, wrap it around a hook, and catch fish at Lake Springfield. Thus, I decided I couldn't test Bass Brunch at Fort Parker, so I stopped at Streetman Pond for the field test.
I fished from the western shore, but seeing as the water is low and trees circle the bank, there just isn't much fishing that can be done successfully from the bank. I got the float tube, the 4#, and the camera, because I was determined to catch fish. The north and west sides were a waste of time, except that I got some practice in throwing the line. I had Bass Brunch tied on my 150 grain sinking line. There are some fishy spots, but they are very silty instead of rocky, so spawning is a little more difficult for the bass. Since the pond is about six to seven feet low, there is an abundance of weed growth, and while the fly pulled through it okay, I did get tired of catching grass.
Moving to the east side (and sunnier side), I cast in to this one little mouth where it was rather shallow, safe from the wind, and flat. I immediately thought I was hung up in weeds, until the "weeds" pulled back heading toward the tree stump. The bass fought nicely, but I brought her in to the tube. I was the only person on the pond, but I hooted, hollered, and laughed joyously. My fly creation worked. I landed the Largemouth Bass, not a big one by any means, but it was a fish, nonetheless, and it was the species I was targeting. I hooked up with four more, but they broke off in the grass and on a stump.
We tied flies at Bass Pro Shops Saturday morning, and I tied more of the Bream pattern. I will work on the Shad patterns, and then test those out on Lake Texoma. What a penultimate--a fish caught on a rod I built with a fly I tied, and a pattern I created!
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