Monday, February 15, 2010

Float Tube Cumberland

These are the voyages of the float tube Cumberland. It's mission is to keep the captain (that would be me) afloat. It's on going mission is to seek out trout, in which ever lake the captain (me again) puts it in. So after the maiden voyage and the trip to Rancho Seco Lake, the float tube Cumberland is fulfilling it's mission. That is, seeking out trout and keeping the captain afloat.

Today, though, I wasn't sure the trout were going to come to the party. I got to the Trout Pond at 0730 and geared up. Flippered across the pond using the "secret" streamer, flippered back across the pond using a Clouser Deep Minnow, flippered back across the pond using a black Wooly Bugger, and finally flippered back across the pond using the "secret" streamer again. Boy, what a tough crowd.

Then I sunk to a fly rod low I never thought I'd stoop to. I put a #8 red hook and an Orange Power Worm on. I'm so ashamed. BUT, on the first flipper across, I landed one about a half pound. OK, I'm not so ashamed now. Then I missed one and landed another about a pound and a half. I'm getting less ashamed. The second one I landed, I cut the hook off so I could release him.

Then I tied on a regular hook and put on the other Orange Power Worm and flippered across the pond. Then I flippered back across the pond. Something is wrong here. So I snipped off the regular hook and put on a red one with a chartreuse Power Worm. Flippered back across the pond and was just turning back when I had a psychic experience. I had this feeling I was about to get a hit. Sure enough, a couple of seconds later, I was fighting another fish. Weird. One of those Twilight Zone things.

Turns out, this one wasn't one of those little ones, it was more like the one pictured below that went 4.15 lbs. Actually it looked just like that one and did I have my scale with me? Oh hell no. I estimate it went about 3 1/2 to 4 lbs. Lip hooked and released without weighing.

OK, I'm not ashamed any more. At that point, I figured it was a good day, and since I had a couple of errands to run, I called it.

FTCOLR (Fish to cost of license ratio) is now $3.03 per fish

Well, that's it from a sore, but happy Shoreman. Need more flippering. No pain, no gain.

Till the next adventure.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. Think maybe it was the red hook? I've been reading about bass fishing with red hooks and plastic worms rigged "whacky" style.

  2. Hey Mark, its all about catching fish. Don't worry about how you caught it.

  3. Hey Mark - you had fun and caught fish. What's not to like?

    BTW - the first time I caught a bonefish on a fly, I chummed them in with chopped up shrimp! Not one of my proudest moments, but it was a heck of a lot of fun!


  4. Thanks guys. I'm wide open when it comes to catching fish. Just like to put a little humor in the posts.


  5. You know, Mark, I have been known to put an ultralight spinning reel on my 9ft. fly rod to swim my lures in spots I couldn't reach otherwise. It is all in the what you enjoy from fishing. Glad to see the Cumberland and you are getting in some quality time on the water with some good fish.

  6. What ever works. Ultimately you caught some nice fish and enjoyed yourself. That's what counts.
    Tight lines

  7. mark thanks for the visits to my place and the kind comments, i did not realize there was so much fly fishing going on. i just might learn a little for my creek. i'm 66 and i've noticed a little soreness after wading all day. must be something goin around. i checked a few of your ads out while i was here. thanks and now am a follower

  8. Hey it's nimrod243, I didn't get a chance to thank you for the great tips you posted on my blog for fishing with PowerBait. I haven't had a chance to try them yet (I'm not retired yet like you), but I will give it a shot as soon as the opportunity arises. Thank you very much.

    I am really enjoying your posts on streamer fishing from your float tube. I really enjoy fly fishing from my tube. Keep up the good work and tight lines!

    Oh, and I know how that guilt begins to dissappear real fast when you start catching fish!