Monday, February 8, 2010

Voyage Of The Float Tube Day 3

We were expecting a fairly nice day, today, so I threw the float tube and assorted amenities in the back of the truck and rolled out to the Trout Pond. Got there about 0800 and 15 or so minutes later, got the tube in the water. Turned out, the day was overcast, but not foggy. Fairly warm too. When I say fairly warm, I mean in the high 40's.

Flippered my way across the lake and about half way across, got a good bump on a egg-sucking leech (black, with pale orange egg). On the way back, I hooked up using the same leech and the 4# tippet I was using broke. Talked to one of the guys on a pontoon boat, who had caught several fish, and asked what he was using. Black Wooly Bugger size 8. I only had size 6, but put it on anyway. After a few circles and back and forth's, I hooked up one (scroll down to the picture below and it was the size of the bottom one in the picture of two), got it to the tube and again, the tippet broke. Tied on another Bugger and instead of casting it out, I yanked on it and guess what, the tippet broke. The hell with that, I clipped off the tippet and tied the Bugger directly to the leader.

Couple of circles and back and forth's and I hooked up again. This one didn't get away. It turned out to be the size of the other one in the picture below. About 15 inches.

So, you've been following along and know that I haven't gotten a fish on the fly rod since the first day, August 31st on the East Fork of the Carson River. All I can say is that today, "What a rush". I would have stayed longer than I did, but the old legs were giving out. Still not used to flippering, but did better than the last time and I'm sure each time will get better.

FTCOLR (fish to cost of license ratio) $5.05 per fish.

Well, that's it. Until the next adventure.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. Did you forget the picture or is my computer not loading it?

  2. The wooly bugger will be one of the first flies I try when I get a flyrod setup.

  3. I couldn't see the pics either???

    Shoreman - Good to see you landing 'em again on the flyrod. Definitely is a different rush to when catching a fish on the fly as opposed to with a lure or bait.

    Owl - Fish are less picky about flies than the fishermen. Fill your box with Buggers, Prince Nymphs, and Elk Hair Caddis, and you should be good to go.

  4. Hey guys. I was refering to the post dated February 4th. The picture with the two trout.


  5. Mark - Congratulations on landing your first fish from a float tube. I would bet that there are many, many more to come. Sounds like you live in a great float tubing area. The Wooly Bugger is a fly fishing staple.

    Maybe someday I will crawl back in my tube and give it a go even though I am tossing spinners now most of the time.

  6. Great job at landing a couple on fly and in the tube. Well done.