First Fish of the Season
by, 05-08-2008 at 11:58 AM (1855 Views)
A day packed with meetings left me with a full inbox of unread emails, the red blinking light indicating multiple voicemails, and a desktop full of paperwork. It would be a long night at the office...but I walked out the door at 5 and went fishing instead.
My friend, a top bass fisherman here in Minnesota, took us out on a small lake only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and we threw flies for sunfish. The ice has only been out for a week or two, so the large ones weren't as active as normal for this time of year, but we had plenty of action, albeit mostly little ones.
My friend landed a small crappie, and could not resist trying for larger ones with his spinning gear and a marabou. He landed a half dozen nice crappies while I "fought" 3 ounce sunnies on my fly rod. The long Minnesota May evenings let us stay out until nearly 9pm, and as we headed out, I commented that rarely had the contrast in enjoyment between my work hours and after work hours been so great in a single day.
I've only been flyfishing for three years or so, and jsut started tying flies over the winter, so it was a kick to catch fish, even small ones, on my own flies. Of course, with sunfish, you could probably tie a single piece of rubber band on a hook and have success, so I have no illusions of great tying skills...
Enjoy the day...