Last two weeks I have been hammering my fly rod pretty hard. I am a novice and my loops are far from sexy but I do manage to catch a fish every now and then. I have a cheapo 5wt (overlined with 6 wt) so I am pretty limited about the size of flies I can throw efficiently, therefore I mostly catch smaller fish, but it is fun nevertheless.
Last week (9-23) I went to apple river. It looks so much different from the last time I was there in late July. I did pretty well, catching about 20 fish, but nothing impressive size-wise. All of the action was on size 6 EP trout streamer.
Today (9-30) I went to my favorite stretch of the Kish. I did not catch as many fish as in Apple River, but I did catch my biggest fish on the fly to date: almost 15 in. smallie (pictured below) on mini (size 4) murdrich slider. I pulled 4 more dinks and 1 hammer handle. I managed to sneak on a 30 + in. pike praying on a huge school of suckers. Of course with so much food swimming around it didn't even look on my tiny minnow imitation.
I really start liking this thing called fly fishing. I feel that I can keep the flies in the strike zone much longer and get them back in the strike zone much quicker than with spinning or casting gear. Need for casting room is the biggest limitation. It is not a big deal now when water level is low and changing approach is very simple, but I see how it might be a problem during higher water levels.
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