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
"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