Our fishing outing last Saturday was a bust and I was feeling a little off my game. Did I still have my fishing mojo? Could I still convince big, dumb bluegill to take something that vaguely looked - from the proper angle and in the right light - like a grasshopper with malformed legs and a misshapen head?
I was really hoping to get back in the groove on Thursday night.
I also wanted to try out a new-used fly rod I picked up from a fellow member of the Warm Fly fly fishing forum.
Lots of variables to work through!
I need not have worried. The bluegill were waiting and willing and my new 4 wt Lamiglas rod built by Prairie Drifter rods worked wonderfully. Here's the proof:
|If you recognize the turtle you'll know the location!|
The golf course (which shall remain nameless) is in the south metro Atlanta area in a very tony neighborhood. The turtle is a signature landmark on one of the ponds. Any guesses?
|Does this shoreline look fishy?|
|This is a fiberglass rod made on a Lamiglas e-glass blank|
by Prairie Drifter Rods
First fish of the night - on the first cast of the night!
|The fly being used is a foam grasshopper pattern|
known as a 'clodhopper'
Second fish of the night - on the second cast. Folks, I ain't making this up!
My all time champ for catching large bluegill, and the one I was using Thursday, is the 'Clodhopper', a simple foam grasshopper pattern tied using 2mm craft foam, some rubber legs and a little deer hair to simulate wings. Tied on to a #14 2x hook, it is irresistible (to bluegill, that is).
|The biggest, and most colorful, fish of the night!|
The biggest fish of the night. Although this fly rod is a 4wt, this fellow put quite a bend in the somewhat soft fiberglass stick
Last fish of the night.
In an hour's time I landed 11 fish, and probably lost half as many to thrown hooks.
Yessiree, it was a good night!