Sunday, June 8, 2014

double haul

Hi Folks, Guided from my boat yesterday with some long time repeat guests.  Love the long hair and let me assure you this boy can cast a fly rod and fish.  Big bright sunny day with very little wind.  We were on the water early and the sun was high in the sky right off the get go.  Surface temperature was 69 degrees.  I think it is fair to say the bass are all done spawning as we saw a lot of abandoned spawning beds.  The lake we fished is fairly clear and you are able to sight fish.  Lots of casting and the ability to double haul is important in this style of fly fishing.  You need to be able to generate line speed in order to turn over some the larger flies being cast and in order to cover water.  Much more energy efficient and easier on the arm when double hauling heavy fly gear.  Just remember when double hauling the saying "Down up" and always keep constant tension on the fly line.  We did not land a lot of fish of fish yesterday, but we did generate a lot of interest in the fly.  Lots of changing of flies until we settled in or 1/0 white deceivers.  No top water action at all.  We cast sinking lines to keep the fly in the zone.  Every bass and pike we saw came from 10' of water and deeper off the first drop off from shoreline.  Usually over new forming weed beds and piles of rocks.  Lot of follows from really  big fish who would just deny us and not eat the fly.  A little maddening but to be expected with the big bright sun.  The one good pike we hooked eventually broke us off as we did not have  a wire bite guard on the end of the tippet.  Interesting day of warm water fly fishing and no question that the weather played a factor.  Off to chase trout this morning and back in the boat this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have fun, Willy