Last Saturday I went to the stream for a few hours of Smallmouth Bass fishing. The stream did not disappoint!
Usually we fish near the parking area. Saturday we walked up about 1/2 mile to a nearby swimming hole. Other than a few hikers, no one was in the area. I set up the fly rod with a Grasshopper on top with a weighted Woolly Bugger tied about 18 inches below. I purposely chose larger flies that the panfish would not be able to bite, after all I was after Smallmouth, not Bluegill.
As we worked our way back upstream we found several holes. The fish could be seen rolling underneath the water. A pattern developed - make a few casts, hook a Smallmouth and bring it in, then let the hole rest for 5 to 10 minute. After that go back to the bottom of the hole and repeat.
Here are a few of the fish from the day.
A nice size Smallmouth:
Check out the girth on this Rock Bass:
And of course, what is a fishing tale without talking of the one that got away? As I was swinging the fly through a hole the rod bent over. The bend was to the handle - there was a big fish on the end. I fought for several minutes, without seeing what was on the end of the line. All of a sudden the fish came up and rolled. It was a nice sized fish. He looked at me and spit the fly out. And I think I heard him laughing as he swam away. I guess I'll have to go back and try for him again.
1 year ago