Monday, June 22, 2015

DC Fly Fishing Has Been Pretty Good Recently

We are in the pattern of hot days with violent afternoon thunderstorms (post about that later.) We have started fishing earlier to get off the water by late afternoon. Last storm dumped several inches in a few hours. This also messes up fishing as it diminishes the water quality.

Recent catches have included blue catfish, channel catfish, largemouth-striped-smallmouth bass, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill, and green sunfish.

Sight casting and blind casting around structure has been very productive.

 Dropper flies have been crucial. Most have been The Hook Worm, my version of the squirmy wormy.
 Blue cats are terrible for the environment. We have not killed one yet. However my new plan is to keep them and offer them to catfish anglers on the shore.
 While fishing for gar we picked up this monster yellow perch. The perch was the biggest I have ever seen. It took a 5" long Gar Clouser.
 Two flies not only increase the amount of catch but allows us to use the Clouser Minnow as a strike indicator. When the lead fly (Clouser) suddenly moves to the side we set the hook and boom-bam.
 Like I said, sight casting......
 Hopper-dropper rigs have been working great. One of many schoolie stripers in the past week. The Hook Worm again. This was while stripping in the hopper dry with the wormie dragging behind.
 I wanted to see what would happen if we dead drifted that wormie. Boom-bam. Most of these have been during low barometric pressure.
 Blind casting to the grass flat beds. We saw numerous snakehead coming up for air.
 Again, fishing for gar. The hook is set and the line immediately vacates the rod. I jumped up and freed any fly line that could have tangled on the boat. I then noticed that no gar has ever fought this hard (I foul hooked one in the tail last year and it fought like this) but this fish ATE the fly. After rowing after and grabbing the net we managed to land this on a 6wt. Biggest fish of the year on the boat and second biggest ever (female king salmon last fall was biggest) and this fish weighed only 9.1lbs unless my scale is busted. It was taking a dump so it didn't weigh as much at the end.
 We bumped into Holt later in the day. He landed this ginormous largemouth on a lure of some sort. I've never seen a bass this big around here.

Other things that have happened.  That blue catfish jumped like a tarpon when it ran. Never seen that before. We hooked a small largemouth and had a snakehead chase it down to eat it. Maybe 20' and it gave up. A bluegill ate the Snowhite Damsel and was promptly stolen off the line by a brown water snake.

And this is The Hook Worm.I'm out of material so these few have to last for a while.


I've just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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