It has been awhile since this has happened
to me over my lunch hours. This is what
happens in the early spring before the fish
have really started to move in. During the
summer I can usually catch a few fish when
I go out over the noon hour.
All three days that I went out were much the same.
It did not matter what fly I tied on, the fish were
not interesting in taking it in. They would follow
it for a ways or come up under a popper, but would
not bite them. I watched several fish do this on
I retrieved the flies high, low and medium in the
water column. I know I was deep as a few times I
snagged weeds. That is a good thing as it tells
me that I am getting deep in the water column. I
retrieved the flies slow, fast, medium with all
sorts of jerks and tugs and nothing worked. I went
through a dozen flies on each day.
Many of these flies are ones that have worked well
for me before. I also tried some of the new flies
that have been sent to me. I used flies from size
6 to 16. There were dull colored flies and bright
colored flies. Some of the flies were one color
and others had multiple colors in them. I used
impressionistic flies and I used attractor flies.
To make sure I was letting the foam floating bug
stay still long enough, I would cast it out and
then put the rod down and cast with another rod.
This is legal in Iowa, but check the regulations
in your state. The bug staying still for a long
time did not do anything.
I changed to a popping bug and put that on. I let
it set for over a minute and then popped it a little.
I did this all the way back in. Fish would come up
and look at it, but not take it. I changed colors,
sizes and that did nothing to remedy the situation.
I pulled it longer distances on each pop. That did
not change things. I swam the bug back in a
continuous motion, to leave a "V" shape on the
surface of the water. No luck with this either.
I use weighted and unweighted flies with all
sorts of retrieves. I could see, at times, that
the fish were following the fly, but not taking it.
The did not follow it every time, but several times
they came in far enough that I could see them swimming
behind the fly.
I changed sizes, colors, patterns and any other thing
I could think off. I even went to some 7X tippet that
I have. It just did not make any difference.
I wanted to catch even one little fish to be kept
from being shut out. I went to the main lake and
cast around the two jetties that are there. That
is usually good for a couple of little green sunfish.
I could not even catch them. In fact I did not even
see them come out and look at the fly.
I am chalking this week up to some casting practice.
I spent a lot of time casting left-handed. I can get
about 30 to 35 feet of line out and hit within a foot
of where I was aiming. So I improved that part of my
fly fishing repertoire. What I did not improve was my
catching and hooking ability. It was a reminder to me
that this is the reason that it is called fishing and
Tomorrow is a Saturday and I hope that I do better
than I have during the week. It is one of those
times that keeps me humble. My wife will laugh
when she asks me how many fish I caught this week.
She will be sure to let a few people know about
my "grand total."
I will be back out again next week to see what
I can do. Hope spring eternal for fishermen. I
can't do any worse that I did this week.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick Zieger