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by Levi Cain
(Ft. Bragg, NC)

Golden Shiner

Golden Shiner

During the weekend, I hit the creek with two blue yarn flies I had tied before heading out the door. One fly I tied with no glue or adhesive. Using instead, nonslip knots with the thread I placed at both ends of the hook after wrapping the blue yarn around the shaft of the hook. The other fly I ran the blue yarn through a drop of superglue and wrapped it around the hook. (I'm needing to buy a fly vise and the tools)

When I got down to the creek there was a slight breeze present but I figured I would still be good to use my Ayu 5:5. But I could not have been more wrong. After I got my pole and line all set up and went to cast the fly it became windy. So windy I couldn't even keep the fly in the water because the wind would pick up my line and keep it in the air. After a few attempts I was finally able to get my fly in the water.

I kept hooking into mosquitofish and would go to land them but the wind would pick up and no matter how far I brought my rod tip back I could not bring the line to me. And the fish would end up coming off. So before getting upset and accidentally breaking my Ayu rod I put it away and pulled out my crappie rod.

At first I tried the fly made with superglue but noticed the mosquitofish would dart over to it as soon as it hit the water but then would stop right as they got up on it. Almost as if they could smell the superglue. After a few minutes I was able to get one to bit on, and it stayed hooked long enough for me to land it.

After that I switched hooks back to the fly held together by knots. Within no time I started getting hits from sunfish but couldn't get the hook set. After a few minutes I finally landed a Golden Shiner, adding another species to my list of species that will take a blue fly.

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