OK, back to fishing. My old brain has been working since the last time I was down because, damn it, I want to catch a Shad on my fly rod. So logic tells me to use the same jig that I use on a spinner. Problem is, once you put the jig on and add a couple of split shot (to get the jig to the bottom), you have a 1/2 oz of weight on the line. Solution? Put a smaller jig head on and less split shot. Drop the line out a ways, let out some more line, back swing and, snagged in the weeds. Sure, I got a picture of that too. This is DIRECTLY behind where you stand. Lots of places to catch your jig.
I did manage to get a bunch of casts with the fly rod and even got one big hit, but the time I spent untangling the jig from the bushes, out weights any chance to catch anything. So I went back to spinning. I did manage to land one and since I was no longer skunked, went back to the fly rod. I am a glutton for punishment, but I am determined. After another hour of weed fishing, I called it a day. Catching all those weeds wears a person out.
On the walk out, I snapped a picture of the California Poppy (State flower) for your enjoyment.
Well, that's it for Shad fishing until I get back from vacation next week. We're taking the laptop, so if I find any interesting lakes or streams, I'll report back. I still think I can get one more day up at Bear, maybe Thursday or Friday. I'll let you know.