Sunday, September 18, 2022
Sunday, September 11, 2022
As summer would have it, August and the first week of September gave us some of the lowest water we have had in awhile. Levels were easily 1/4th what is shown in the above photo.
Since clearing up, the fly of choice has been a #14 Squirrels Nest. Prior to that the off-color water was kind to the Golden Retriever and Apricot Egg.
This fat 18" bow closed out last night as the largest of a 1/2 dozen or so fish.
Thankful for the rain.
See you on the water.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
An evening's walk around a pond offers up a Topwater Trifecta.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
4th of July Brown
No fireworks or crowds, just a quiet hand release while swallows swooped in chasing Sulfurs as the sun went down.
Sunday, July 3, 2022
A Bamboo Morning
I large brown on top took a Sulfur LTD, then broke me off after an impressive fight. A nod of the cap to him.
Big Bow of June
Big Bow of June
June gave up some great fishing with nearly perfect water. Memorial day break brought this Bow to hand.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Tubes and kayaks in the lily pads provide the perfect situation for dropping poppers in those tiny pockets
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Wading Through Memorial Day
With gobblers shutting down & heat going up, the water was a welcome respite. Fortunately the fish felt like playing along.
The C2C nymph carried most of the weekend bringing a few nice fish to hand. Along with a few nearly too large to land that promptly taught me what happens when I make a mistake.
Monday, May 2, 2022
The Many Shades of Gills
The common Bluegill...the best friend to every young angler is the most targeted warm-water fish. Easy to entice on average and usually found within easy reach of a bank angler with bobber and worm.
Yet for a short time in the spring, there are those of us who search for the spawning bulls as they grow shoulders and become painted in some of the most brilliant colors found in nature. The largest of fish in a given water, they require accurate casts in the tightest of lily pad lies. But put your fly in the correct place, and it will strike like a 5lb bass on a frog.
Some are breasted in yellow gold with moss green lateral lines and turquoise gill plates.
Amazing blood-red breasted with turquoise and red gill plates
My personal favorite is the copper-breasted bulls. Each spring this variety accounts for my largest fish.
Try counting the colors on this heavy fish.
See you on the water
Monday, April 18, 2022
New Jersey Gills
With a chance to get on the water in the float tube Easter weekend, the gills did not disappoint.
The fish were willing to look up and if pressed with accurate casts the bulls were aggressive enough to move.
A couple dozen fish came to hand showing off a myriad of colors.
Few small fish with colors ranging from brilliant Oranges and Reds, to Silvers, pearls and bright blues.
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Opening Week 2022
Opening week 2022
Opening day began with normal early spring weather. On-and-off light rain and temps in the upper 50's, with fish not too sure if it's warm enough to feed yet and #16 Dun Caddis coming off with each break in the clouds.
The fish came to hand, but not without pounding a lot of water. Most came to the C2C Nymph, with a few willing to take the Little Crappie Fly and one taking the RP Starling.
Little Crappie Fly