I usually pack it up around dark, mostly for reasons of convenience. Living so close to a couple of nice ponds has sort of made me a fair weather fisherman. I know I can be casting in a matter of minutes almost any day I want, so it doesn’t take much for me to head in and come back another day. This evening was so pretty I cancelled some plans to check out some new water I’ve been looking at and stay home for some warmwater casting.
Seven bass and three crappie confirmed that I made the right choice.
Just a couple of days ago I was able to sneak away for a brief visit with my daughter and son-in-law. After a little visiting they offered to take me to a spot they know. We were there less than an hour, and I caught something like 3 crappie, 4 largemouth bass, and 8-10 bluegill. And I mean big bluegill. Every time I looked up my son-in-law seemed to be hooked up on a fish as well. My daughter decided she’d rather just hang out and talk with me and take a few pictures while we fished. The trees behind me dictated the entire hour be spent trying to perfect my roll cast. My roll cast wasn’t perfect, but the hour of fishing was.
It’s been a few years since I have fished with anything but a fly rod. I tell myself I’m not a snob about it. And I really don’t think I am. So why did I feel like a backslider a few days ago when I caught a bass on a spinning rig.
After attending a friend’s wedding reception this afternoon I stopped at Cabela’s to pick up some cone heads and hackle for some wooly buggers. Feeling particularly affluent, I also dropped a buck seventy nine on a store bought Brewer’s Egg Regurgitating Leech.
A complete disclosure of my fishing and fly tying habits would reveal that if it’s a dry fly smaller than a size 16, I’m going to buy it, not tie it. I’ll tie down to size 18 on nymphs, but am perfectly willing to offer my heard-earned cash for anything smaller. That same disclosure would also show that I tie a lot of poppers and streamers for warm water bass and bluegill.
So, why did I buy this one? I’m telling myself I bought it for the pattern, and will tie some myself later. That’s what I say. . . but it’s not the truth. The truth is, I saw a fly ready-to-fish, and in a lazy moment of weakness, paid my money and went fishing.
And now you know; I sometimes fish with store bought flies. It’s not a problem. I can quit any time.