Over the course of the morning, I think I fared pretty well. I was only able to land 3 small fish (one bluegill and two redbreasted sunfish, I think, my ID is still rusty), but I got a lot of strikes. Using an ultralight rig, even the small fish are fun to land!
|One of the two redbreasted sunfish (I think). First fish of the day, caught on a Joe's Flies Short Striker.|
|Fish number two the little bluegill. Caught on a Worden's Rooster Tail.|
|The last fish landed, the other sunfish. Caught on a Beetle Bou Maribou Jig.|
It's amazing to me how wild an area can be even though I'm in a suburban area. Whenever I change lures (or tie on a new one after a snag) I tend to take a short break, step back from the stream, light my pipe and just look around. It's just a small patch of woods on either side of the creek, but I've seen lots of birds, fat squirrels getting ready for the next weather change and chipmunks scurrying around. Today I even saw two baby racoons and walked up on a gorgeous horse pasture that I didn't know existed. Even though I was within sight of the city's sewer outfall and within a few hundred yards of a big industrial park I still feel like I got the calming and restorative effects of spending time with nature. I recommend you try it. Look for a small stream in your area and get out there and fight the privet! Let me know how you do.
Tight lines and happy fishing.
Rod: Shakespear Ugly Stik SPL1100 4'8" ultralight rod
Reel: Shimano Sahara 750FB - a hand-me-down from my grandfather
Line: Berkely Trilene XL Smooth Casting 6lb clear
Johnson Beetle Bou Marabou Jig 1/32oz ; white & chartreuse
Joe's Flies Short Striker Glo Trout #231 in size 8
Worden's Rooster Tail 1/24oz assorted finishes
Kershaw Ken Onion Scallion
Pipe & Tobacco:
Missouri Meerschaum Washington Bent corn cob
MacClelland's Frog Morton's Cellar
USGS Water Data Site
Worden's Rooster Tail
Johnson's Beetle Bou
Corn Cob Pipes
Frog Morton's Cellar Review