Matching the Hatch(ery)
by Les Albjerg
Nice Rainbow - Nighmare Spoon
I had to run to the grocery store for my wife. I begged an hour of fishing as it was a wonderful afternoon. I have wanted to revisit the Fly Rod Spoons for a long time. I headed over to the Wilson Springs ponds. Right now it is being planted every other week with 450 trout 8-10 inches. It is as close to "Area" fishing as we have where I live. The Daiwa Vega .4 gram spoons work well. I bought the "Horizon", "Brown Pellet", and "Green Pellet" to match the pellet food that the hatchery fish are fed. I took a tour last summer of the hatchery across the road from the fishing area, and was able to get my hands on some of the pellets!
I began the session with a silver .4 gram Daiwa Vega spoon. The fish would come and look at the spoon and then just swim away! After 3 tries, I thought it was time to see if "matching the hatch" applies to fly spoons. I put on the Green Pellet spoon and on the first cast with the TenkaraBum 40, I had a fish on! It was a nice 10 inch planter. The third cast and retrieve was slammed so hard by a trout that it broke me off. I then switched to the Brown Pellet. After 6 fish in 9 casts, I felt that I had proved that you can "match the pellet hatch!" I then put on the Horizon and caught two fish in 5 casts. I had to end the day trying my all time favorite and that is the Vega Nighmare pattern. I caught my biggest fish of the evening a nice 12 incher.
I was using a Cultiva Micro Snap Swivel. It makes changing spoons easy! I sure hope Chris gets the "out of stock" spoons back in soon, especially the Brown Pellet and Green Pellet. I believe color does matter! I had two guys who were fishing corn on a Carolina Rig come over and check out my fishing outfit and watched for about 10 minutes. They thought it was awesome, and the spoons were amazing. I gave them each a TenkaraBum business ard. It is great having a forgiving wife too, I fished for an extra half hour!
“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