Yesterday after reading several posts by Howard at "Windknots and Tangled Lines" and Rowan at "Connecticut Fly Angler" I decided to hit a lake and try to catch a few warm-water fish. I'm familiar with the lake and usually do well here. Armed with one fly box and my trusty CGR 3wt I drove into the parking area around 9. The sky was clear and the air temp was very comfortable. The lake was at capacity and the water clear. A breeze was also in the mix but not much of a problem. As I walked in to where I was to fish I could see a few canoes, and kayaks out on the water, don't know if they were fishing or just enjoying the day.
As I reached my little spot I got this feeling that I made a mistake, that I forgot something...well I did my fly box with my streamers. Being about 50 miles from home I was not about to head back and get them so I said use what you have. The selection of flies I had in the one box I carried was more than enough, in fact I could have done well with only 3 flies for that's all I needed this day.
Smallmouths of this size were taken this day. They are jumpers and gave my 3wt a workout.
These rock bass were all over the flies I presented. The fly hit the water and was allowed to stay for a moment, then I twitched it and they pounced on it.
What it looks like wet. When pulsed in the water the hackles come alive.
Here alongside this boulder I was able to hook three of the most beautiful brook trout ever. They were determined not to be taken and all three escaped the camera, but not my eyes. They were wild fish 3-4 inches long.
Many of these were willing to take the fly.
Simple and very effective.
One of the better bluegills today, awesome on the glass rod.
Saw this flying just above the tree tops.