TenkaraBum Challenge - Freshwater Drum
by Levi Cain
(Blanchard, OK, USA)
Size 12 Black Killer Bugger
I didn't even know these guys could be found in Walnut Creek. But once I spotted them chilling along with Buffalo, Carp, and River Carpsuckers I figured I had a better chance of catching a Drum then I did the other species. So I started trying to specifically target them. I noticed a pair of them staying in one particular area near a rock on the other side. I figured they were guarding a nest or were about to spawn so I cast over to them. Sure enough I got their attention immediately. But they kept missing the fly. So I kept trying and then started letting the fly sink to the bottom and leaving it there. After a few seconds I'd give it a slight jerk and let it sit still. Finally one of them slowly approached the fly and then it was gone so I set the hook. After maybe 10 minutes of letting it tire out I was able to work it to shore and grabbed it.
“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