It is Saturday morning and I am headed for a pond that I have
not been to for a while. For a while it was too wet to get into.
After that the person that was going to hay the land did not want
anyone driving across the field to get to the pond. This is the
first time that it has opened up.
Joe Hyde has been to this pond. In fact he had a blast in the
one corner with his "old reliable" on bluegill. The pond has
bluegill and bass in it. I was out for the gills on this morning.
I got to the pond and thought I might have a little trouble.
There was a huge algae bloom going on in the water I hope
you can see the green color in this photo.
There were a few clumps of the surface algae that you see around
the pond, but most of it was a ¼ to ½ inch long filamentous variety.
I do better in muddy water than in pea soup water.
Here are the other pictures of the pond. Starting at the North end
and going to the south end where the dam is.
This picture is of the north end. You can see a little of the
algae that accumulates at the north end just below the tree as
the left edge. That area is usually always good for a few fish.
The tree you see on the left side here is the last tree on
the right side of the previous picture. The water in most
of this area is about 6 to 8 feet deep. You can usually catch
some fish almost anywhere you cast in the area that you see here.
Again the tree on the left of this picture is the tree on
the right side of the previous picture. The little bay you
see between the two trees is usually good for a few fish.
The water out in the center of the pond is about 14 feet deep.
The area that you see to the right, between the row of trees
and the single tree on the right side is where Joe had all of
his fun the first time he was on this pond. There are usually
fish to be found along the dam and along the shoreline that you
To make a really long story short, and less painful to the author,
let it be said that I managed to get four little bass to take a
fly on this pond in almost three hours of fishing.
I also caught those four bass in the last half hour I was on the water.
I had three rods with me on this morning. I went through at least
eight flies on each rod. I did my favorites, and a goodly number of
other flies. I fished high, low, fast, slow, jerky, and any other
combination of things that I could think of. None of them worked.
Those pathetic little bass, that I claim, are the only things that
kept me from being shut out. That is something that does not happen
to me very often.
But the catch of my life tells me that it keeps me humble.
Hope you can get out on the water, and be more successful than
I was on this day. ~ Rick