I took off today to do some more yard work but before I dived into the raking, bagging, weeding etc. I decided to go to the river and do some fishing, watching, exploring, etc.
The river has changed dramatically since I was last here due to the water level falling. I was able to see rocks that were invisible before. In addition, I found new places to stand (e.g. large, flat rocks a couple of feet from the river's bank) to cast from.
The anxiety of being a new fly fisherman that I had beforehand has all but dissipated. I know that it will be several minutes before I get going, I know that I am going to get caught up on the brush, I have learned the few knots that I need to connect my leader and tippet together and the tippet to the fly, etc. The last major hurdle is knowing what fly to use but even that is coming along.
When I got to the river today I didn't see any bugs flying about and I didn't see any trout rising to break the surface tension. So I decided to use a Caddis Larva. Why? Because the guy at LL Bean told me that he uses them successfully on the river that I am fishing .
Shortly after I started casting I saw a fish rise about 20 yards down stream from me. I decided to change my fly to a BWO and this was a first for me (i.e. changing a fly while at the river). Why a BWO? Because that is what I read Howard (aka cofisher) said he did recently. I tried that for 20 minutes or so without any luck. So I decided to change my fly once again. This time I went to a Pheasant Tail (PT) and you ask why this one (see previous reason).
I could not believe something that small would go after the PT. Would someone like to hazard a guess about what kind of fish it is because I am not sure?
After I stopped laughing, for a split second I thought about leaving it on to catch a bigger fish; however, I quickly decided that was not what I was here for so I let the fish go on its way.
The rest of the time I spent fishing from different locations, looking at the water flow and what it carried in the current and moving rocks about to see what was under them or attached to them.
I am not counting this fish as my first on a fly but I couldn't keep this to myself because it was too comical. Go ahead and have a good laugh because I certainly did.