I had finished a new 5wt rod at the start of
the week. I was itching to get out to a pond
and give it a try. Happened this last Saturday.
I got home after having an activity that took a
good part of the morning.
The first thing I did was to go to the weather
channel and look at the radar picture. It showed
showers just south of us and it was hard to tell
what direction the were going in. I decided to head
out and not take my canoe. I took two fly rods with
me. Also grabbed two fly boxes and headed for the pond.
I was in a race with the rain showers the best I could
I got to a new pond that I had not fished before.
It is about 60 feet wide and 150 feet long. The
owner told me that the bottom slopes down for
about 15 feet and then drops quickly to about 15
feet. The break line is about 6 feet deep. The
other nice thing is that it is pasture land around
this pond. That means that even with my casting
ability I can cover the surface of the pond from
side to side and end to end.
I had tied on a Skip Morris Panfish Fly, red and
yellow, and a beadhead nymph with some dubbing that
I made. I decided to try the nymph first and cast
it out at an angle, let it drop, and when I started
to retrieve I had a fish on the line. Turned out it
was a small bass, but a fish on the first cast was
I continued to cast and found out that casts
that went straight out and came in were the best.
As the fly would come in over the breakline a
fish would hit if there if it was going to be
taken. I had several fish hit the fly that I
was not able to hook. It might be that my fishing
skills are a little rusty also.
I decided to the other rod with the SMP on it. I
cast it out the same way and had fish hit it about
the same way. I did notice that I was losing a
little of the marabou end on this fly. It seems
that the fish were nipping at the end of the fly.
Time to change tactics some.
When I brought the fly in and knew that it was
close to the breakline I would stop the retrieve
and let the fly drop at that point. My hope was
the fish might take it better on the drop. I had
a little more success on this but the fish were
taking the flies very easily and I lost several
after hooking them. I tried smaller flies but
they would not take them.
I went back to the nymph pattern and let it drop
near the breakline. This was the ticket. The fish
were hitting this fly and taking a little deeper
in their mouths. This allowed me to catch a few
more of them.
I had been watching a dark cloud moving slowly
toward me. The wind picked up a little and it
started to get harder to cast. I moved to the
other side of the pond, and closer to the truck.
I must have hit a school of fish because I caught
several fish in a row. At this point I felt the
first rain drops and decided that the best thing
I could do was to head home. Having just finished
a course of antibiotics for a sinusitis I did not
want to get me lovely wife unhappy with me by
getting sick again.
I went home and filleted the fish I ended up with
44 gills from this pond. The other thing was that
it did not rain at the house at all. What a
difference five miles can make.
I shared some of the fish and had a nice meal of
fillets. Looks like the fishing is going to pick
up even better as the weather forecasts are for
I hope that you can get out on the water.
~ Rick firstname.lastname@example.org