Small Fish in Omaha
by Harold Brown
While spending a few weeks working in Omaha I slipped out to a small pond in a city park. It was a warm sunny afternoon, not ideal for fishing.
Not knowing what might be in the pond I started out with my Amago with a 1" twister-tail on a #12 hook. I find almost any species of fish will strike a small twister-tail. I soon caught a 3" bluegill, then shortly later a 4" crappie. I soon realized that about all I was going to catch was small fish so I switched to my Soyokaze 27, 9' rod with #3 line and a Tenkara Bum Killer Kebari. Just a rod, a line and a fly.
In spite of the fact that the light did not allow me to see my line I fished the Killer Kebari without any kind of strike indicator, I was fishing completely by feel. I found if I allowed the fly to sink slowly, then gently lifted it an inch or two at a time, the fish would strike as it rose. A slight amount of resistance would indicate a fish taking the fly. After a while I could almost anticipate the strike. I ended up catching 3 or 4 dozen fish of four different species in about 3 hours.
It was a great afternoon, the ideal escape from work. You just can't think about work while you're holding your breath waiting to sense that light twitch on the line. With a good spinning rod I may have been able to cast to the center of the pond and catch two or three big fish, but in my mind the little fish are a lot more fun.
“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
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma