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Dodging rain drops.
by Craig Thoreson
First rainbow of the day.
Decided to dodge the rain drops and go fishing. Took the Daiwa Kiyose 53M that I just received and it performed flawlessly. Setup my rig to match the 4.8m length of the rod starting with 4x Fluorocarbon down to a double surgeons loop, #4 split shot just above the loop, Snelled a Japanese size 4 hook on some 6x fluorocarbon. I added a wing marker and adjusted it as needed but typically about 4' up the line. It did take about 30 minutes or so before I got the hang of the drift and what I was doing and after that it was great. I only managed to get hung up in the trees twice once while moving and the second when I tried to cast under some low branches.
There was a gorgeous Blue Heron that follows me around every time I am down there. He also like a fish snack from time to time and will willingly pick up a fish if you toss it to him.
I caught 7 Rainbows and a dozen or so creek chubs. Kept 5 Rainbows for dinner, the DNR stocks the Rainbows for Put and Take so I love a nice meal from time to time.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma