|Jason Beary battles another fish on fly rod.|
The action has been steady on both spin tackle and fly rod.
I’ve watched amazingly as those in powerboats visit the same spots, fish for 10 minutes and then head off for a honey hole 10 miles away. They usually show up, make a dozen casts and are gone.
What they don’t realize is their large boats give away their presence. The hull displaces a tremendous amount of water, sending out fish-alarming pressure waves. Also, their outboard motors are danger signals to the fish. Ditto for electric trolling motors.
I’ve even seen professional guides “throw” their anchors in the fish-holding holes.
Meanwhile, my clients are usually catching fish and enjoying steady action.
I’m convinced it’s mostly because the fish don’t know we’re there.
I had a fellow out from near Buffalo, N.Y., the other day. He has fly fished for steelhead and salmon around his home, but had never caught a saltwater fish on fly rod. After doing well on spin tackle, he wanted to try the fly rod.
He caught 20 spotted seatrout.
We had anchored along the edge of a channel where we had located a school of trout. We caught fish after fish because they had no clue we were there.
Many years ago, I figured I’d use my kayak to get to my favorite wading spots, anchor the boat, get out and fish. Didn’t take me too long to figure out I was less stealthy wading than I was in the kayak.
I rarely wade any more.
During November’s MCFF/CCA Fall Fly Fishing Challenge, I caught enough fish to win the Snook Division and Trout Division. You could only win one division, but it felt good to know that I’d caught that many fish.
I caught seven snook around one dock. I never had to make a cast of more than 25 feet.