I went out to the lake over my lunch hour again.
As you can figure out, this is the best place I
can find to spend a lunch hour, short of being
with my wife. I had just arrived when the old
geezer showed up again and brought out his bucket
so he could keep any panfish I caught.
I was not sure that I would get anything. There
was no wind and I could not see any activity on
the surface. We have not had any rain so the water
is fairly clear and I could not see any fish
swimming in the pond. But it's more fun to be
there and try to catch a fish than to be sitting
in the office.
I had a couple of flies on the rods and started
casting with them. After ten minutes with no
success I decided that it was time to change flies.
I looked in the boxes I had with me and saw a fly
that Tim Anderson had sent the pattern for. It is
a small bead head with two coot feathers, back or
belly, wrapped around the shank. My type of fly
because it is simple to tie.
I tied this on one line and another fly on the
other line. I cast the coot fly out and was letting
it drop a little when I saw the line twitch. I set
the hook and was fast into a bluegill that was about
seven inches long. The old geezer told me that he knew
this would happen and had water in his bucket to put
the gill in. I landed this one and he got it into his
bucket and told me to repeat the action.
I cast the fly out again in the same general
area and had the same thing happen again. I
think the fly was down about a foot when the
gills came up and took it. This was another
gill that was the same size. Every time I cast
out and let the fly drop I would have a gill
come up and take it.
I decided to try the black and red Skip Morris
Panfish fly I had on the other line. I cast it
about a dozen times with no takers. I tossed the
coot fly out again and had another gill take it.
I have been told that I am not the brightest bulb
in the town but I know if fish are hitting a fly
to stay with it.
I just needed to get about 30 to 35 feet out and
let the fly drop. I did catch two small bass with
this fly also. I ended up catching 27 gills in
about 32 minutes of fishing with that fly. The old
geezer was very happy as he would have fish for
I had to head back to the office, terrible fate in
life, to take care of patients. Also, the fly was
getting severely damaged. I will have a few more
coot flies with me the next time I go out.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick