I went out over my lunch hours again. As long
as the water is not hard I will be going out.
We have had some rain showers come through. This
helps the water level, but it can also was in some
mud and give the water some color.
The wind is blowing on the main lake when I get
out Tuesday so I decide to fish the settling pond.
I know that it may be slow as the water is up a
little and looks like coffee with cream in it. That
means that flies will have to be on the nose of fish
before they will see them.
I use and red and yellow boa yarn leech on one
rod and a modified soft hackle on the other. I
tie the soft hackle normally and the put three
wraps of a dry fly hackle in front of it to push
water on the retrieve. These flies are tied with
a bead head to get them to sink. The bushiness
of the dry fly hackle will push the water a lot
more than a wet hackle will. I think the fish
pick this up with their lateral line. The wet
hackle is still there for the motion of the fly,
but that is only important when the fish can see
In any case I get some practice casting in. I switch
flies to some other things that do not do any better.
I spend the last 20 minutes casting left-handed. I am
getting better at this all the time. It is also useful
more times that I would want to admit to "Superman".
I head out again on Thursday, but do not spend
much time at the lake. The storms arrive with
the lightening and thunder. A lead bottom and
a graphite stick in the air are not good combination
to have out in those conditions. I give up and head
back to the office. This is the best reason I have
all week for not catching any fish.
Hope springs eternal on Friday. I head out again
to the lake. The settling pond is up quite a bit.
There is water running into the culvert. I take
this as a good thing as that means there will be
a little current in the pond. Hopefully the fish
will recognize this and come into this area looking
for any food that would funnel in.
I change flies and go to a Pheasant tail nymph and
a Hares Ear type fly to fish. Both have bead heads,
but would be more like what the fish might see in
the water. It is a great theory, but does not work
in practice. I do a lot of casting, but do not get
the fish interested in what is being offered.
I have fished the flies at all levels of the water
column. I have tried different retrieves with them.
In fact I even tie the PTN on as a dropper under a
popper and cast that out.
No matter what I do the fish are not interested.
I end up with zero strikes and zero fish for the week.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick Zieger