I had a little time this morning so I drove up to the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River at Cat Creek Road. You all know the place.
I decided to head upstream first, instead of fishing the pool below the pool under the bridge like I usually do.
I picked a place here and fished Tenkara and a place there and fished with my fly rod. I wasn't planning to wader up, but glad I did because there were some places where I wouldn't have been able to get to with all the green plants growing all over the place, but by wading through them and into the creek, I was able to fish most of the good spots.
This pool was one of the first places I threw a dry.
|First fish of the day|
Now I've taken into consideration that today is Friday the 13th and it's also a full moon. By the way, for you Geezers out there this will be the last full moon on a Friday the 13th you'll ever see, so make sure you take a look tonight. The next one comes in 2049.
With all that against me, I still missed a minimum of 8 and possible more hits coming when I was distracted whether it was a bug, or an itch somewhere, or whatever. I missed a bunch because I was out of practice too or maybe just slow.
What I want to know is: How do they know?
This is a nice little pool that produced several misses. At least I'm honest and don't tell you I catch every fish that hits the fly.
|Nice little pool|
Back under the bridge, I brought this little gem to hand. It's the first fish out of that pool in all the times I've fished there. Had drive-by's, but none ever to hand. The pool below that pool had several drive-by's, but here again I was just too slow. Must be old age.
|First fish out of the pool below the bridge.|
I've always thought that fish were hyper sensitive to what must sound like a giant walking along the shore. Or they can feel the vibrations or they have a scout hiding behind the bushes with walkie talkies to signal the others. Or maybe they are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.ReplyDelete
Mark, great post. I've about come to the conclusion that the best way to catch fish is to look away, slowly count one one thousand, and then set the hook. Oh, and I'm pretty sure there is a scout fish that is assigned to spy on fishermen for the rest of the fish. "He's not looking guys, hurry up and eat!"ReplyDelete
Looks like a fun trip, irregardless of missed fish. Whatever the reasoning is for what happens during that "moment" in time, rest assured it has followed this OL' Geezer around for years. Hope we figure it out in this lifetime!ReplyDelete
Mark, That's my kind of fishing.ReplyDelete
That first rainbow is priceless.
I caught my first fish on a fly there! you should have been there, mark! oh wait, you were! as for your question, this is true! I imagine there is something a little more effortless in your drift when you're not paying attention or sometimes you let it go out a little farther and it does something natural that you wouldn't do if you were paying attention to it. That's just my guess. Or maybe it's because they don't like eye contact? lolReplyDelete