Went out to the lake today for my lunch hour. Weather
was great. Temperature in mid 50's with a few gusts of
wind to about 12 mph according to the weather report.
A lot better than the lower 40's with a 25 mph wind
that had been going on for a few days. Yes, I still
went out but did not catch anything and who talks or
writes about their failures?
Put on a couple of flies that I had not used for a while
and cast out into the pond I was fishing. Moved the fly
about 10 feet when I saw the end of the fly line twitch.
I set the hook and had a crappie of about 10" on the line
and hooked solidly in the corner of the mouth. I thought
I was onto something and cast back in the same general
area and moved the fly in the same way. Not a thing happened.
After about ten casts with that fly I switched rods and
cast with a different fly. This one had gone about five
feet when another crappie hit it. The next dozen casts
were done for the practice effect of casting. I cast
near the same spot and to different areas away from
By this time I had figured out that I had caught a fish
on the first cast with each fly I had used. Could this
be a pattern? I switched flies on each rod to see if
there was any merit to this idea.
My first cast was a forgetable expericne. I fought that
seven foot bush for five minutes to get my fly back. The
second cast was better. The wind had stopped and the water
was clear enough form me to see the fish flash as it took
the fly. This was a 10 inch bass. Ten more casts with this
fly allowed me to miss the bush each time but produced no
I switched poles at cast again. I had just started to move
the fly when the line felt heavy so I set the hook assuming
there was a fish on the line. It was another crappie of
about eight inches. This was a fly I had caught a lot of
crappie on so I tired it again to no avail. A dozen casts
with this fly do not even produced a strike or flash at
I again swtiched flies on both poles. On the first or second
cast I would get a fish but it was one fish per fly. I even
went back to a few of the flies I had used earlier today but
they would not work. Each time a put on a new fly I would
catch a fish.
I caught eight crappie, three bluegill and the one bass in
the 50 minutes I was out. Very nice way to spend a lunch hour.
Hope you get out on the water. ~ Rick (Written 11/08/2002)