Late last night she had to cancel because of time constraints so I did the Trout Pond alone. When I say alone, I don't mean that because Marisa couldn't go, but that I was the only one out on the water. Sure there were a bunch of people fishing the shore, but no tubes, toons, or boats, just me.
On the way through check-in the girl told me they planted YESTERDAY. How good is that?
I geared up and with pink/black Wooly Bugger on my lake rod, started flippering around the back side of the pond. I wanted to give the pink/black Bugger a chance to redeem itself after that dismal showing last Friday.
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I thought that maybe, because the fly was tied to the end of the leader, I'd snip off a few inches, you know to make it stronger, and tie on my only other pink/black Bugger.
Fifteen or so minutes later I got the second hit. Once again, hit, snap, and my only other pink/black Wooly Bugger was gone. I hate when that happens.
Deflated, out of pink/black Wooly Buggers, and getting no interest in any other colors I did the only sensible thing. I flippered back to launch, put my fly rod away, and got my spinning rod with the pink Kastmaster.
I flippered back to the other side of the pond, positioned myself in the center and started working the Kastmaster in a 360. On one long cast, I finally hooked up.
It took a while to get the 2+ pound Rainbow to the net and once unhooked wiggled it in the water so it could regain some oxygen and off it went. Only thing I can say is that it was better that I had a rod with 4# line rather than my little Okuma with 2# because I think the pink Kastmaster would have gone they way of the Wooly Buggers. It was that good of a fight.
That was the only one I could scare up although I did have several bumps. Apparently there wasn't enough glue on the Kastmaster to make them stick. No booing please.
Tomorrow morning I'm off to storage to bring my fly tying gear back home and tie some more pink/black Wooly Buggers. There is also a good chance we (Me, and/or Yuki, and/or Marisa) might be back out there later this week.
Always good to have a backup plan and the spinning rod with the Kastmaster was the ticket.
It's got to be faulty leaders Mark.ReplyDelete
Changed to 5# Rio.Delete
I'm with, Bill, "always good to have a backup plan.." It's too bad about getting broke off with the fly rod and losing your buggers. Is 4# leader what you normally use?ReplyDelete
Yes, but I think I'll go a little bigger in the future.Delete
Mark, I really think you are on to a successful color combination for those fat trout in those lakes right now. Fly or Spin, sounds like they are willing participants. Are the fish deep?ReplyDelete
Surprisingly no. Most come at 10 max.Delete
I bet you've been wondering about those trout that broke you off. Yeah, you got to go back and try again.ReplyDelete
As soon as I can get my tying gear together. Went this morning and got everything except hackle. Must be in another box.Delete
You will be really happy if you catch this big trout!ReplyDelete
It's days are numbered.Delete
Mark that's a real bummer.ReplyDelete
I fish a fly we call "Pinkie" I think it would be a killer for your "bows.
Thanks for the reminder Alan. I do have the recipe in my "massive" recipe spreadsheet. I'm going to put some together and give them a whirl.Delete
Well, about that wooley bugger of yours... I had quite the banner day with Mr. Thin Mint... I wonder if pink/black would do as well out here... Glad you got out and good luck throwing those buggers... hahaReplyDelete
Thanks Emily. For some reason the Mt. Lassen Rainbow Trout just like pink. I'd give them a shot.Delete
Better to have tangled and lost then to have not tangled at all, or so they say!ReplyDelete