Kevin made it down to fish with me. We went out
to one of my favorite ponds. Had not been to this
pond since I went out with David. We got to it a
little after 8:00 am. No wind and a little
activity on the surface.
We got everything loaded into the canoe and got
out on the pond. Kevin called it a lake. I have
a Peacock sword tail nymph and a black bug on.
Kevin had tied on a few flies. We started casting
just after we got out beyond the weed line. Kevin
was very nice to me and let me catch the first
At that point he wanted to know if I had another
fly like the one I was using. I gave him one and
we continued around the pond. We caught several
fish and had several fish hit that we either did
not hook well or they managed to get off the hook.
Kevin also managed to tie into several small bass.
Since neither of us was used to fishing with another
fly fisherman in the canoe we did manage to tangle
lines a few times. We even tried to not cast at the
same time but that did not work. If you see a rise
or have just missed a fish then your are casting
back there immediately, none of this waiting around
stuff. Kevin also did not see the number of times I
tangled my line and did other such talented gyrations.
I saw his, but then he was in the front of the canoe.
We moved around the pond getting a few fish here and
a few fish there. Most of the fish we caught were high
in the water column. I tired fishing deeper but ended
up not catching as many.
Kevin did go to a popping bug and was getting bass
and gills to take that. I was still subsurface,
trying to see if any crappie were interested. Not
much happened on that scene.
We had moved around the pond to where there is a
tree growing on the west bank of the pond. I got
Kevin to cast to the left side of that with a
popping bug. He had a very nice bass hit the fly.
I tried to back out away from the shore but the
bass buried itself in the weeds. We tried to move
up to get it but in the process the leader broke.
I am not sure that Kevin doesn't think that I did
that deliberately, as it was the biggest fish of
the day. I did tell him that I set him up on this
because there is usually a bass hanging out somewhere
near that tree most of the time.
We did work around the pond some more but the
fishing slowed down and we finally decided that
we both were thirsty and it was time to get
something to drink. We headed off the pond and
got all the stuff in the pick up and the canoe
I showed my tying room to Kevin and he said it
was worse than his. At least I know where
everything is. We had spent about five hours
out on the pond.
Kevin headed off to go home and I worked on the
fish. We came back with 71 gills and two crappie.
I am sure with the fish that I dropped and the bass
that we released that we had over a hundred fish day.
I know that I had a great time fishing with
Kevin. He is a very nice man and a great
fishing companion. We had met earlier in the
year at SowBug. I hope to get to fish with him
again. ~ Rick firstname.lastname@example.org