by Roger Hall
( WV, USA)
Last week while fishing a local creek for brookies with my trusty 71/2' 3wt (fun rod) I was tying on another fly and noted a rather large (14-16") rainbow just below me. Well the fish ran under a log but I would be back. Well the weather was pretty nice today and I headed back to the creek. This time carrying my trusty 300cm Shimano Kozuka Keiryu rod. The secret weapon for these small creeks.
I marched up to the area and the recent rains had raised the water levels a bit but still quite clear. I had a 9' level size 4.5 line and 3 feet of 5X Flouro Tippet and attached a weighted Zug Bug in size 8 and tried some bow and arrows (fixed line rods are bow and arrow champs) from the downstream side but the water force was a bit too strong today so I went upstream about 30 feet and came in from the top end.
Well I just dropped the Zug Bug in at the top of little deep run from the upstream side about 15 times and he was on, well these Kozuka's handle big fish with ease, about 16 inches or so. Mission accomplished, so I went home and had a good whiskey to celebrate. Merry Christmas to me. I just wanted to catch that fish today, very rewarding.
“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