My new personal best largemouth bass was caught on Tuesday, June 18. I have been fishing a local “neighborhood gold” pond recently, and it has been producing some great fish. The sunfish are pretty aggressive, as are the bass. I had a conversation with the developer a few weeks ago, after I had caught my new personal best (at that time).
He told me that he had stocked these lakes 2 1/2 and 5 years ago, and that he had chosen Florida strain largemouth bass. I asked “why Florida strain?”, and he responded with a grin, “because they are so aggressive!” Well done sir, well done! I returned a few days later, and spotted a good fish in the shallows. Once again, my new pattern produced a new personal best.
My most recent foray to this great pond started off pretty bad. I was going to meet a couple youngsters, and try to give them a fly casting/fishing lesson. It turns out that some ten year old’s might be just a little too young to take up fly fishing. There is a lot going on with fly fishing, and it is not for every one! Oh well, hope they try again.
After they departed, I grabbed my TFO 6# Clouser rod, and took a walk around the pond. It was a little murky from the morning rain, and spotting fish was tough. I hit a small back section that had produced so well in the past, and made a few casts. I was stripping my fly slowly, when I saw a big tail waving just below the surface. I stripped once more, and it was on! The big fish made a couple good runs, and I had to word hard to keep it out of the elephant ears and other vegetation. I was able to land the fish after a couple of minutes, and a new personal best was in the record book!
I really like this new pattern and color combination I came up with. It is deadly! This particular fly has some deep blue and crawfish orange rabbit fur, and it looks just like the crayfish I have been seeing. Hope Umpqua decides to tie it for me. Tight lines!