Got to the Camanche Trout Pond at 0900. I noticed that there was only one pontoon boat on the pond, unlike last time when there were about 100 float tubers there. OK, maybe 10 or 12. You know how I exaggerate. Got the float tube Cumberland in the water and flippered on out with a black Wooly Bugger on. Got all the way across the pond and nothing. Added a Copper John dropper in green (the favorite color for trout at the pond) on 24” of 6 lb fluorocarbon and cruised back across the pond. Nothing. Changed to the tungsten bead head Thinmint for the next trip across. Nothing again.
Decided to put that little black thing I got from the guy at the fly shop on and try that. I aligned myself with a tree on the side and parked out about 25 feet casting toward the shore. On the third cast, I hooked something big. I mean really big. It ran, and I reeled. It ran again and I reel some more. It ran again and I reel. This went on for a couple of minutes. I did catch a glimpse and the trout looked like it might go 26, maybe 28 inches. Big. It made one last run and damned if the 4x tippet didn’t snap right in half. The double surgeon knot held. The knot on the fly (now with the trout) held. The 6 lb tippet broke right in the middle. I loved that fly, too. All right, I had another one, so I put a new 24” tippet on and tied the other fly on.
Over the course of the next hour or so, sitting in the same spot, I got many hits on the fly and one hook up that jumped a couple of times and spit the fly. I think the hits that didn’t connect were because of the fly. This little black thing is about the size of a 1/3 of a size 8 Wooly Bugger and a tail 1 ½ inches long. I think the trout kept hitting the tail and missing the hook. This was deduced after I wrapped it up for the day. Next time I think I’ll trim it a little and see what happens.
This brings me to the title of this post. I ran into my friends Rich and his son Mark and Rich said that they stocked the pond last week with Bass and Catfish. That tells me that with the warm weather we’re having, they will probably not be putting many more trout in the pond. Now I’ll have to look for another place to fish until ice out upcountry. Rich, Mark, and I are going to try the pond once more on Thursday, so that will be the next adventure.