There's one fishing trip I am looking forward to above all others. I can't wait to take my kids out on the stream and get them addicted to fishing. My daughter will most likely be the first, forced out into a stream with a fly rod. Even with her daddy ignoring her pleas for a Dora the Explorer fishing pole. She loves the outdoors and exploring but she hasn't shown a huge interest in fishing. A concern I have is her independence. She wants to do EVERYTHING on her own. I was doing a casting demo at a county fair. My daughter wanted to try it out. Notice where I am.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
It's been awhile but I finally cast a fly right where I thought a fish should be and caught one. I was starting to wonder if I have no idea where fish really hold. Recenly every "fishy" looking spot I attempted to fish resulted in nothing. Yesterday a buddy and I hit a local lake. It was a slow morning until I cast a white wooly bugger near a half submerged log. It was one of those casts where you think if I don't catch one like this I probably won't catch anything all day. Sure enough the line jerked and a fish was on. Nothing amazing but definitely a confidence booster. Turned out to be my only fish of the day.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
After reading several fishing articles and blogs I've come to the conclusion that several factors give the average fly fisherman an advantage. For some it is skill, others it is location and above all it's fishing access. Places that don't see very much fishing pressure and access is private or limited to only those in the know. I've been lucky enough to fish such a place. It is near my father in laws house and the fishing is ridiculous. We had talked about fishing in the morning but his late shift made him stall in the morning. He could tell by my constant badgering about when are we going that I was eager. He finally said "well you can go by yourself." I jumped at the chance and called to get permission. Permission was given before the sentence could even be completed. A common occurrence for country neighbors. I quickly gathered my gear trying to not look too obvious that I was trying to get out the door as quickly as possible. I gave a kiss and hug to the family and bolted to my little piece of heaven.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
From my experience August has always been catfish month. This most recent fishing trip just confirmed that even more. My mother is still getting the hang of fly fishing. She recently took a Orvis Fly Fishing 101 class where she learned the basics of casting and how to rig the rod herself. This was the first trip where she rigged up her fly rod and tied all the flies on herself. The only help I provided was suggestions on fly selection. The trip was really a test for my new toy.
You can tell from the video I had more fun watching her catch it than if I had caught the fish myself. She did a great job fighting the fish and I could tell she was stoked the whole day. It was a really nice catfish and a great accomplishment to catch it with a fly rod. If this is an indication of the fishing in August, bring on the catfish!