Saturday, September 7, 2013
Afternoon Pond Fly Fishing
I haven't been back to this pond in quite a while with all the things going on this summer so when I arrived I immediately noticed the weeds on the shore had extended their reach into the pond by a good six feet. Now fishing with a backup 6wt since my fast action 7wt snapped on me early in the season (whole nother story) I knew fishing this pond might be a challenge. (needless to say I am in the market for a 8wt salt/warm water rod)
As always the gills in this pond are eager to provide a guy with enough action to make a few hours fishing exciting. Taking flies and small poppers off the top are the bread and butter of these guys but patience is the key. More often then not it is a waiting game. You toss the fly out there strip it a few times and then let it sit. Eventually you see a shadow emerge from the deep and check out the alien floating on the surface of his world. If you are lucky he'll hit it hard and if your fly isn't up to snuff... well you got to see a fish but you'll never hook them.
Quite a few this day were hooked on a Little Green Diver #6 short with rubber legs and fluff behind the head.
First to hook into the Bugger was this little guy that darted from the cover with torpedo like speed. I quickly learned that a slow pause retrieve was the order of the day. I went through the gamete of speed and styles but the only hookups where with a slow action. If I recall correctly this trend carries through most of the summer here in the south for warm ponds. The lethargic bass just tend to avoid anything that will make them expend energy.
Incidentally those in the know might recognize the beautiful reel adorning this under-powered rod. That right, its the MFC Fly Reel I got from the OutdoorBloggerNetwork and Fall River Fly Rod contest last year. With its large arbor and smooth action it is the perfect bass fly reel. I even like the camouflage colors. Officially it is a river stone paint job but to me it screams the bass fishing look... I hope Larry The Cable Guy doesn't sue me but --- Git R Done!