Visited a favorite stillwater to see if the pans were on the beds. They were and in a big way. I couldn't resist taking at least a few shots. I typically leave fish of any kind alone when they're on bed so that they can go about their, um, business (As John Gierach put it "How would you like it?"). So I paddled around the big pond, casting various flies here and there to see if the beds were in their usual places. After picking off a fish or two, I would move to the next pocket of beds. Hopefully didn't bother 'em too much this way. These dudes were an absolute hoot on the 3 wt. and it was very tempting to sit on a patch of beds and catch 'em until my arm fell off.
Bluegill, a small one. I've caught some hubcaps in this pond though.
Redear (Shellcracker to those of us below the Mason-Dixon line)
Redbreast. I think. No white edge on the opercle flap, so I'm going with redbreast rather than longear.
Also had a 7 wt. strung up for some bass fishing, but the bassin' was way off for some reason. This pond is great largemouth water and is always good for some very nice fish on any given trip. Not this time around though. Only managed one little dink bass. Weird.
2 days ago