Exercise, exercise, exercise, flippering around the trout pond. I lasted a good 5 hours this time. Getting into shape for ice out of the lakes upcountry. Also something I can tell my doctor so he quits nagging me about exercise. I also found out that using a floating line is not the way to go when fishing a lake. Ok, so it's all I have (floating line) for the moment, but that's about to change.
I've been mum about breaking the tip off my 8'6" rod because it was a stupid move. I tried to get my rod into the house and snagged the tip in the top of a bi-fold door. I figured all I had to do is open the door and it will come out, right? Wrong. Snapped that sucker off in a heart beat. So, for the last couple of weeks, that rod has been in transit (to & from) LL Bean getting fixed. In the mean time, I purchased a Temple Fork Outfitters 9' - 4 piece 6wt to keep me fishing. As soon as my rod returns, I'm off to the fly store to get a new reel with a sinking line set up.
Why, you ask? Yesterday I fished with one of the regulars at the pond, him using a sinking line and me using a floating line. The score was Shoreman 1, Bob (not I plow for fish, Bob) a lot. His secret, sinking line and a custom Wooly Bugger. He's obviously been fishing with a fly rod a lot longer than me and he ties his own fly. Might have to look into that in the future.
In any case, the difference was an eye opening experience. Bob was killing them (not literally, actually he is a catch & release kind of guy) and everyone was struggling, even the shore guys. Using my own teaching method, that being, once you find out what works, share it with your buddies, I'll be off to the fly store to rig up, very shortly. I also need to find out what that Wooly Bugger looks like.
The one I caught ( 1lb 1oz) was on a little black something (maybe size 8 or 10) one of the guys at the fly shop gave me to try. I'll have to find out if it has a name and I'll pass it on. Oh, I had it rigged with a small split shot to get it down further, sans the sinking line.
That's my adventure for this week. I don't think I'll be out again (maybe Thursday if I can) because we are expecting snow tomorrow and Friday and that takes a good part of my time, as all of you back East know.
So, until next time.