It is May 19, 2006. Joe had contacted me earlier about
coming up and fishing with me over the noon hour. He had
the day off and thought it would be fun. He sure did pick
the right day. Yesterday was about 55 degrees with a 25 mph
wind. Today it was about 70 degrees and very little breeze.
We met at the lake and went to one of the jetties. It took
a few casts before we got onto what needed to be used. The
streamer nymph (Ricks Favorite Crappie Flies in the panfish
archives) had been working well for me for the last few days.
I got a few fish on it but nothing like I thought should happen.
I changed to the other rod with the White Boa Yarn Leech on
it. The fly had barely hit the water when a crappie took it.
Same thing on the next cast. I told Joe to get one on and
the fun would happen.
The crappie are really starting to come in. Today while we
were there I saw the first crappie move up against the rocks
along the jetty. I think that it finally got warm enough for
them to do this. When they are up like that then there are
a lot of fish near the jetty staging to spawn.
Joe was fishing with his 00 wt. He did let me try it and I
can tell you that it is a sweet little rod. I caught a few
fish on it and then we traded back. I will say that I am not
sure that I can tell a lot of difference between his 00 wt
and the 1 wt I built this winter. That may be due to my not
being the best caster in the world. Also I did not have the
1 wt with me to try them side by side.
We may get a chance to do that in the future.
We continued to catch fish on the majority of our casts. Many
times the fish would strike and we would miss the hook set. We
also did a few of the LLRs(long line releases). I felt that we
needed to do that to honor Anglerdave. He is the one that
really taught me how to do that.
Joe did manage to hook into one very nice crappie. This fish
was about 13 inches long. That is a very large fish for this
lake. I think that we may have gotten a picture of it on
We caught a few more fish and then I needed to head back the
office and leave Joe to the lake to catch a few more fish.
He was thinking about launching his canoe and seeing what he
could do. It was a fun lunch hour to spend with a good friend
and catch a few fish. The folks in the boats were a little
envious of us catching as many as we did, but they were very
nice and stayed out of the area we were fishing.
Joe is going to stay at the lake until he gets a phone call
from a friend. I hope he catches a bunch of them. I am also
slightly envious that he has the day off when the fish are
really coming in.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~