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Coot Fly Success

Rick Zieger
By Richard Zieger, Iowa

I went out to the lake over my lunch hour again. As you can figure out, this is the best place I can find to spend a lunch hour, short of being with my wife. I had just arrived when the old geezer showed up again and brought out his bucket so he could keep any panfish I caught.

I was not sure that I would get anything. There was no wind and I could not see any activity on the surface. We have not had any rain so the water is fairly clear and I could not see any fish swimming in the pond. But it's more fun to be there and try to catch a fish than to be sitting in the office.

I had a couple of flies on the rods and started casting with them. After ten minutes with no success I decided that it was time to change flies. I looked in the boxes I had with me and saw a fly that Tim Anderson had sent the pattern for. It is a small bead head with two coot feathers, back or belly, wrapped around the shank. My type of fly because it is simple to tie.

I tied this on one line and another fly on the other line. I cast the coot fly out and was letting it drop a little when I saw the line twitch. I set the hook and was fast into a bluegill that was about seven inches long. The old geezer told me that he knew this would happen and had water in his bucket to put the gill in. I landed this one and he got it into his bucket and told me to repeat the action.

I cast the fly out again in the same general area and had the same thing happen again. I think the fly was down about a foot when the gills came up and took it. This was another gill that was the same size. Every time I cast out and let the fly drop I would have a gill come up and take it.

I decided to try the black and red Skip Morris Panfish fly I had on the other line. I cast it about a dozen times with no takers. I tossed the coot fly out again and had another gill take it. I have been told that I am not the brightest bulb in the town but I know if fish are hitting a fly to stay with it.

I just needed to get about 30 to 35 feet out and let the fly drop. I did catch two small bass with this fly also. I ended up catching 27 gills in about 32 minutes of fishing with that fly. The old geezer was very happy as he would have fish for dinner.

I had to head back to the office, terrible fate in life, to take care of patients. Also, the fly was getting severely damaged. I will have a few more coot flies with me the next time I go out.

Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick ziegeria@grm.net

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