Fishing In Tough Conditions
by Herb S.
A few days ago I hit my favorite warm water stream. An extremely rainy spring and early summer had raised the river to unfishable depths but it had come down enough to wade with caution a couple of weeks ago. Since then we had one heavy rain which I hoped didn’t do much damage. I was wrong. The water was still quite deep and very cloudy…and 84 degrees!
From experience I knew the weed growth at this time of year was going to make mid-stream fishing difficult and figured fish would be holding in the weedless spots along the banks under overhanging branches. So I came armed with my Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 320. Its 10’3” length is perfect for side casting under foliage. The line was 8’ of 6# Stren Gold monofilament with 2+’ of 5X tippet. After fishing for quite a while and going through several fly changes I put on a #10 bead head Coachman streamer (red wool tail, peacock body, white sparkle yarn wing) and that did the business. Five bluegills in the 7 to 7 ½” range and a small rock bass weren’t much but after slogging through weeds in waist deep water for a couple of hours it was enough and I was happy to have done that well.
“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