|On a clouser!|
Friday Night: Cloudy, cold, 20mph NW gusts. I peddled over to my new favorite spot, trying not to get wet as the waves broke against the bow as I cut across the "pond". Casting the 4wt with anything was a challenging (especially with the crap airflo line I bought- never again). I stuck it out with my little black ghost for about 20 minutes, catching a few sunnies and a crappie. BIG crappie are fun, but the novelty of catching small one after small one was wearing off. So I switched to my 6wt and was able to double-haul my way through the wind with a small double bunny. It only took about 5 minutes, and I was into my first real rod bending fish. A beautiful ~20" pickerel. Photographed, kissed, and released. I worked the area, catching a few more. I switched to my home made fly, Gus's Pickle (a combination of my dog's name and pickerel? I don't know, Carly and I just laughed about it and it stuck) and caught another two pickerel, all about the same size in the 18-20" range. The fly is pictured below, basically the rabbit strip, cone head, and hackle are the key. The chenille and flash tail just help round it out. While I was working a submerged tree, I hooked into a very large pickerel that rolled and I saw the white of its belly. This was a 3-4Lb fish definitely, and possibly bigger than that (I have seen a picture a claimed 7.5lb pickerel taken from this pond). It pulled very hard, and then I got disconnected, somehow it threw the hook. I went home that night happy to have put a real bend in the rod.
|The rabbit strip is a bit dried out now, but you can get the idea. Gus's Pickle.|
Saturday morning: So cold. 39 when I put in at the launch, at 9:00am. But extremely sunny out. I fished the same bay as the night before with only 1 pickerel to show for it. Gus's Pickle strikes again. Then I went on to work the western bank of the pond for a while, catching at least another ½ dozen pickerel, now on a white and polar flash clouser I made. The white hair is actually from some fake hair extensions I bought at a thrift store for $2 for this exact purpose. It's super tough and works great! Much cheaper than super hair or something like that. After a few hours of catching only a couple more pickerel and a crappie, I came upon a huge calm area where sunfish were rising to very small bugs emerging on the surface. I practiced my dry fly technique on them for the next thirty minutes with a size #14 bug. It was fun, and a good warm up for some trout fishing later this month.
|Average Small-Medium Pickerel|
|Mangled, but you can see the fake hair extension on the top. I like it as a cheap material!|