Monday, July 30, 2012
After taking a long drive up thru some great trout streams, we had to stop on the way home. The first fish (a small bluegill taking a mayfly) really got my daughters fascination, and as it swam away, she followed it. Now soaking wet, crying, & muddy, thankfully DCF wasn't waiting at my car. Wet and cold.... think i had a change of clothes for her.... no.... well kind of. I did find a T-shirt in the back seat.
She's totally got the fishing bug
Anyways, I have been on a mayfly kick lately, only fishing mayflies on the surface, with my 000 bamboo setup. it's addictive, with line so light, it is soooo fun to lay a mayfly gently & softly right where the trout are feeding. the only downfall is the trees. the streams that I enjoy fishing are usually very small, hard to access, and overgrown. Casting an oversized 18 mayfly w/10x or smaller means losing lots of flies to the tree-branches, again, i am glad to have the week off to catch up on tying.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
When the waters are low, I kinda feel that the bigger the bug, the more appetizing it is to a trout. When their feeding area is so limited, selective, or 'picky' eating fades away. Plenty of trout here... many approaching 12" but today, they won. there is some lucky or 'unlucky' brookie in there with two elk winged mayflies in his jaw. I must have lost a dozen flies today! WTF
At least striper action is pickin up from a two week low. Thursday I got a really decent fight out of a 28-30 inch'r then the next night I actually landed a 12" striper, definitely my smallest ever ....... both on the same fly