It has been a long time since I've had the fly line on the water and even longer since I've had the opportunity to target trout. So, I've found myself day-dreaming about about my next adventure and dreaming of past encounters.
I've spent a lot of time practicing technique at a park a few miles from mom and dad's place. Generally creeping out very early in the morning so that I can be back just in time for my boys to wake up.
On the last day of summer vacation, I lucked into my personal best largemouth on my recently built fiberglass 4 weight and 4x tippet with a size 8 crayfish pattern.
My legs were weak and my hands were trembling. So after a quick release, I sat on a stump and just... did nothing. After a few thank-filled minutes. I decided that probably meant it was time to head home.
Partsman on Mar 7, 2020March 7th, 2020, 6:34 am EST
Very nice doug! Im lucky enough to have a small pond out back that has some really nice bass in it, and there are a couple of ponds that the sod farm owners let me fish that also have nice bass and bluegills. When I was a kid back in the late 60's early 70's my grandparents had a place on lake near Oscoda, I fished a Shakespear wonderod and poppers in the weed beds out front of the cabin. What fun, on bass and big bluegills, I really miss that place.
Summer_doug on Mar 15, 2020March 15th, 2020, 12:25 pm EDT
Matt, Iâ€™m sorry this reply took so long. I donâ€™t remember what the blank was that I used for this, but I believe it was from Hook and Hackle. It was a step above the usual Chinese fiberglass blanks that I have seen.
Due to a mishap on another build, I had an extra blemish to cover up which is why the tiger wrap is so long. I started sanding the bottom of the fourth section for the reel seat without thinking that this was a travel rod and had five sections. I think I salvaged the overall appeal and I have noticed no effects on the action.
Jmd123 on Mar 17, 2020March 17th, 2020, 12:28 pm EDT
"My legs were weak and my hands were trembling. So after a quick release, I sat on a stump and just... did nothing. After a few thank-filled minutes. I decided that probably meant it was time to head home."
1) It is almost certainly impossible to outdo yourself once you have landed a really big fish, so as anything else you get that day is going to look small, it is time to relax!
2) I once landed, on a dock so far above the water I had to lie down on it to net the fish, a 19 1/2" smallmouth...on a 7'-3-weight. Still don't know how, pure fish fighting skill combined with luck...though I no longer do, I decided I needed (and got myself) a good stiff drink. And celebrated!! No cameras (??? - this was 2010) but plenty of witnesses, once I ran up from the dock to the house ("Someone else is gonna see this!!!") and threw open their walk-out basement door with my elbow...crazy day & I needed a drink!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...