Friday, January 10, 2020


January Pickerel

1st Warmwater fish of 2020

A mild two days on the calendar seemed like a great time to chase the resident geese off the local pond and see if anything was willing to take a fly.

It took a little prospecting, but eventually the marriage was made between pickerel and the Guinness Trout streamer.  

Tying the Guinness Trout

The CGR 7/8 rang in the New Year well

Rig was Orvis Warmwater WF7F, a 6-7wt Furlgirl 5' Mono furled leader and 6lb Stren Flourocast tippett.

Hammer-handles were taking the fly retrieved slow on the decent/pause....but very slight. The afternoon brought 1/2 dozen fish to hand, with 1 big fish pushing 20" breaking me off when landing.

1st warmwater fish of the year goes to the Pickerel

See you on the water!


  1. Ralph
    Good looking combo, never landed a Pickerel, looks like quite a fight on the fly. Thanks for sharing

  2. Hi Bill. They are fun. Hard on flies, but worth it.

  3. Hard on flies, I'll second that.
    Great fish.

  4. often maligned but one heck of a lot of fun. they fight like hell
    btw- if you catch one big enough, they are excellent eating. steak them and fry in butter and breadcrumbs.

  5. Agreed John, I have eaten quite a few caught through the ice over the years.

  6. Hi Ralph, I have an antique f/g Zebco rod which I pair with a Mitchell CAP reel for pickerel and bass pond fishing. Much easier on my semi-working shoulder. Lots of fun, as well.