Part Two hundred thirty-three
Icy Edge Bass
By Richard Zieger, Iowa
Archive of Panfish
Got up Saturday morning and the temperature was a
nice 28 degrees. There was a wind of about 15 mph
helping the process also. I decided that the better
part of valor was to wait till later in the morning
to go out to a pond. I had to go in the morning because
we would be involved with other activities the rest
of the weekend.
I decided to go to one of the ponds that I have to fish
from shore because the owner does not like people driving
across his fields. He has had some people cause damage
to fences and other things so I can not really blame him.
I decided to take two rods with me, one with floating line
and the other with a sinking line on it. I tried several
flies with no success with the floating line. I had fished
about 2/3 of this pond. I felt that there had to be a way
to catch fish in this pond. The water was very clear and
I could see the flies out about 15 feet. This was even
through the ripple on the surface from the wind.
I then decided it was a good time to experiment with a fly
I had wanted to try to see how it would work. I had tied
a couple of black Woolly Buggers with some foam laid along
the bottom of the shank. I then tied the rest of the fly
as it is normally done. I had a 7 foot leader on and cast
this out into the pond and waited for the line to settle
to the bottom. With the woolly bugger floating up some I
thought it would be near the top of the weeds still growing
in the pond. Also with the foam on the bottom of the shank
the hook point was riding up which helped keep it from
snagging in the weeds.
As I slowly pulled the line in I could feel the fly rubbing
against plants in the pond. When I had about 20 feet of line
still out I felt some weight on the line and set the hook.
I had a bass of about 12 inches on. I had to be careful
where I lead the bass in because there was a small skim
of ice at places along the edge of the pond. I did not
want to cut the leader. I released this fish and cast
again about 10 feet to the side of where I had cast before.
Again when there was about 20 feet of line out I got another
fish. It was a carbon copy bass.
At this point I think there may be a little bit of a
pattern here. I move about 30 feet down the pond to
where there is a little point of land out into the pond.
This goes out into the pond about six feet. This allowed
me to cast more parallel to the bank. I would cast and
let the line settle to the bottom and then start a very
low retrieve. On every cast I would catch a bass. Some
hit close to where I cast and others were very close to
where I was standing. All of them were of the same size.
With about 40 feet of line out it would take 15 minutes
to bring it back all the way to where I was standing.
This was a very slow retrieve, especially for me.
I did not catch any other fish in this pond even though
I know there are bluegills, crappies and rock bass. This
was the only fly I caught any bass on. I did catch 14 bass
for the 1.5 hours I was out. This was good considering that
the bass were 6 inches long when I put them in the pond
last fall. They seem to have a good growth rate in this pond.
Hope you get a chance to get out on the water. ~ Rick
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