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.