With the high winds, we left the smaller rods in the car. Cody chose to take his TFO TiCrX 7# and St. Croix 4#, both rigged with sinking lines. I chose my brand new TFO 7# Professional rigged with Orvis' 300 grain Depth Charge line on my brand new Nautilus NV Reel, and my CfR 5# rigged with Jim Teeny CfR floating line. (I finished building my 7# back in January, but every time we planned a trip, bad weather interfered.) I was tyring out my new fly, bream pattern, in lake waters to see if the results I experienced on the small ponds would hold true. New lake, new rod, new reel, new line, new fly--WHEW! the pressure was definitely on!
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.
Whoop I did when the 1.25# Largemouth took the Bass Brunch. The pressure was completely off. Everything worked and worked well and felt great. We continued to fish this cove catching more Largemouths, but we were really surprised that we'd had no Sunfishes. Having fished most of the cove's shorelines, we moved and fished a more developed area, and Cody caught two nice sized Bluegill--a .5# and a .75#. For 3.5 hours, the boat netted seven Largemouth Bass and two Bluegill, mostly because of Cody and his CodyBugger. I would say Lake Athens, et. al. was a great firsts spot and is fishing better for the fly fishers than bait chunkers.
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