Disclaimer: I hadn’t picked my fly rod for about 3 months; which in my mind is a relative sin but with wedding planning, a full-time job, and a part time job finding time to fish was not an easy undertaking. Saturday, I was feeling miserable from a head cold that had been looming in the background for nearly a week so I decided to let Mother Nature to do her part and help me get over the cold that had been plaguing me.
I didn’t really feel like hiking back into my normal spot so I walked down to the little creek behind the house and tried for a fun outing. I set the rod up and tied on a small Dry Fly that mimicked a mayfly. The first cast was perfect right to the rear of a submerged lodge where perch love to hang out. I stripped the line back towards me and as I crossed the log I got a strike. Here is where the above disclaimer comes into play, I missed the opportunity to set the hook. The second cast produced the same result.
Finally, after a few more casts I was starting to feel like I knew what I was doing again. I sent the fly into an area where an old hollow stump meets the water line. As soon as the fly touched the water a perch completely nailed it on the topwater; I set the hook and brought the little perch in. After a photo or two the little guy was released back into the creek. I realized after the release that that little perch was my first perch on a fly rod.
I was blessed enough to catch four more good sized perch for this creek during that evening and found it difficult to leave. I am unfortunately endowed with that “just one more cast mentality” so I ended up fishing for close to two and a half hours.
The next evening, I decided to go a different route and hit the same creek with a different fly pattern. I tied a small nymph with a brass bead head on and caught 5 fish within 15 or 20 minutes. It seems like the little perch just couldn’t resist that fly.
Fly Fishing has really opened up a whole new look on fishing for me. I now worry a lot more about what fly I should be using and how I should be fishing it. That challenge of outsmarting a predatory fish is incredible to me. I am amazed at the complexity of some of the flies that are tied and am starting to tie myself. There is nothing more rewarding than catch a fish on one of your patterns.
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