Saturday, May 28, 2011

I'm Addicted & I Just Can't Get Enough

I think about it every night and day, I'm addicted and I just can't get enough. First there were the trout streams of my youth and the wild gorgeous browns that inhabited those rich free stone streams. I just couldn't get enough. Then came carp who quickly put to shame the small bend those trout put in my fly rod. They blitzkrieged across ponds, lakes, canals, and streams intent on seeing my backing. Their golden scales reflected the sun like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I just couldn't get enough. Crashing into this scene came the three holy grail species found on the exotic flats of the caribbean: bones, permit, and tarpon. Tarpon unleash their fury upon the hook set and cartwheel and tail walk across the water before digging deep and fighting like a giant log attached to a jet back. The bones closely mirror the carp from home but inhabit the exact opposite in water clarity, which actually makes them quite easier. On the other hand, you have permit, which are an entirely different ball game. The first time I saw the sickle like tail of a permit break the surface, I was a goner. They beckon you to go after them and then they flip you that tail before saying goodbye for good. I just couldn't get enough. My latest obsession seemingly is found throughout the entire US in backwood ponds, lakes, rivers, and bays. The largemouth bass. I currently enjoy tossing top water into structure and shade popping and pausing until the explosion occurs. I'm addicted and I just can't get enough. 


HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

Very cool pics , made me want to get out and hit my local pond for some bass action. So many fish to chase and so little time.....Jeff

Chad said...

I too am hooked on fly fishing for bass. However, so far, I have only had success with consistently catching them on topwater. Have you had any luck with sub surface flies?

Topwater action is fun while it lasts, but, I have found that only to be a short window in the morning and evening on the heavily pressured lakes by me. I would love to find another tactic for the times when the top water bite has turned off.

Fontinalis Rising said...

I definitely know that feeling- I'm working my way into carp right now. Glad to have found your blog.- FR

Mark said...

Welcome to the blog Fontinalis, I enjoy yours as well

High Plains- There are way too many fish and there is never enough time

Chad- I've had success on larger subsurface patterns with a lot of action particularly those with rubber legs, lots of them (one pictured is a 5 inch articulated sculpin). I have a few more patterns that I need to try out, but I haven't found the time because the top water bite has been doing well in shaded areas around structure, during the day. Once I try them out, maybe I'll put a few up in a future post.