Reversal Of Fortune

A sunny 75-degree day quickly transitioned into a heavily overcast 53-degree afternoon with the river shrouded in fog. Thirty minutes of fruitless streamer casting led to downsized wet flies and a few missed strikes. Finally, an exaggerated strip replaced the Continue reading

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Autumn Magic

Autumn Magic

A deadfall just upstream from the entrance of a sizeable spring always holds late season bluegills. Armed with a 5 wt. and size 10 Mini Minnie, the first cast brought a jolting strike from a white bass of 12 inches Continue reading

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Whoa! Temperature Drop . . .

Whoa! Temperature Drop . . .

Unseasonably cold nights caused water temperatures to plummet and increased fish appetites. Wading feeder streams to big reservoirs produced a bountiful mixed bag. Streamers of various sizes produced large bluegills, crappies, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Four- and five-weight Continue reading

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Autumn Wasps Are On the Water

Autumn Wasps Are On the Water

Two smallmouths followed the gyrations of a hooked bluegill focused upon the yellow sponge spider stuck in its jaw. After releasing the bluegill a stealthy withdrawal provided reassurance to the smallies that their pool was undisturbed. Fifteen minutes of observation Continue reading

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Pond Time

Recent rains have ponds in great shape. Float tubing near shaded weed lines with a 4-weight, floating line, and Bully Spiders produced an evening of steady action. Eight- and nine-inch bluegills put a smile on my face. A countdown of Continue reading

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