Good Weekend

It’s definitely weekends like this that keep me going throughout the work-week. Two full days to be at home and take care of a few things with the possibility of slipping away for a couple of hours to do some fishing. First on the docket was to fi…

It's definitely weekends like this that keep me going throughout the work-week. Two full days to be at home and take care of a few things with the possibility of slipping away for a couple of hours to do some fishing. 

First on the docket was to fix a couple of rods that were overdue. One was my son's that had the tip come off. Not a big deal to fix, and the job went quickly. The second was my older brother Jeff's. He had broken the tip off while trying to remove some ice. After testing out a possible patch job I decided to lose the 1-1/2" that had broken off and put on a new tip. Quick wrap and epoxy and the repair was done. Just to make sure the action wasn't effected too much I test casted it out in the back yard and it felt great. This is a rod that I built as a Christmas present for him a couple of years ago, so I am still a little attached to her. 


Done and done
Sunday brought a morning of a great breakfast with the family and tying up some flies. I bought a new fly box that had a couple of stickers over the cover. What's the point of a clear fly box if you're not going to be able to see through it? So I attempted to remove the stickers and was left with a ton of residue that was really sticky. Didn't believe it myself, but tried it anyway and was shocked to find out that peanut butter works great. Weird. 


Who knew right?
Then Atley and I were out the door to fish a small local stream to see if any fish were active. 


I love living here
Atley just wanted to play photographer today so I was left to do the fishing. First thing we walked down to a hole that usually holds a fish or two but the first few casts didn't bring anything. Rather than start changing flies I added some weight to my nymph rig and caught a surprisingly nice cutthroat for this stream.


Beautiful fish in a beautiful net, compliments of J Wood Flyfishing
The next hole brought an identical looking trout to hand but then nothing seemed to be stirring. We worked our way up stream but didn't move any fish for the next 30-40 minutes and it was obviously time to head back home. All in all a great time out on the water and the perfect end to a nice weekend. Hope you can get out, be safe, and enjoy nature. 


- Kidder



Discovery

This was a hectic week! Every night I had some sort of work, whether it be my main job or my second, and not a whole lot of time to relax. Saturday felt good to be with the family. We went “Up North” to catch a marching band competition and pick up som…

This was a hectic week! Every night I had some sort of work, whether it be my main job or my second, and not a whole lot of time to relax. Saturday felt good to be with the family. We went "Up North" to catch a marching band competition and pick up some new fish for the aquarium. Sunday began with plans to go fishing but first I 'needed' to make an order for some new fly tying supplies. Nothing too crazy or different, just some stuff I've been needing. If you haven't checked out www.hookhack.com you definitely should, they have some great stuff and awesome customer service (No, I'm not affiliated with them). The only type of shopping I actually like took long enough for the whole family to wake up and decide to join me. We decided to try a small reservoir that we'd never fished before.

Pretty

Why haven't I fished here?
The kids had some fun with their BB guns while Deli took some pictures and I tossed some flies. What I found were some scrappy rainbows that ranged between 11 and 14 inches. They seemed to like my Fathead fly in golden olive and black. Even so I tried out a few different flies dropping off the back just to see what would happen, but they still seemed more interested in the streamer. 

Pretty lil' bows
Talk about a great decision! The only thing I'm wondering right now is why I haven't been up to this lake before. Not only was it a great looking lake with lots of willing fish (read: great for kids) its not even very far from my house. 

Old boy
After the Wife & Kids completed their trek around the shore I knew it would soon be time to go. Not wanting to leave without giving something else an effort I strung up a spinning outfit with a jig to try my hand. I don't have a lot of experience at this type of fishing, but the fish didn't know that and were more than willing to play. After a few more tugs we packed it up and headed for home, though I wasn't quite set for the week.

Chillin'
Once we were home and got the dogs put away I convinced Atley to head out with me to try a small (really small) stream. I've had a hunch about this stream for a long time now but can't ever seem to commit to trying it. It's not really on the way to any of my other usual spots and it's in that awkward size category where it could hold fish, but it also could not. Perfect for a late Sunday afternoon extension. 

It's amazing how much beauty is all around here

But are there fish??
Once on the stream it was apparent that we should have brought the waders! Atley was having fun jumping around on the rocks, trying to get in position to make a cast but I would have preferred focusing on the fishing. The first good looking hole seemed to be a dud until I had a little strike as I was pulling the fly up. It was enough to keep us going and at the next hole we found a few willing fish. Nice little cutties mixed with 'bows just to keep everything interesting. All they wanted was a MHE, though a few took the Indicator Chernobyl only to be missed.

Workin' the outside corner

Stealth mode
Lots of these

Looks good in my vest too

The bows all had parr marks

They all seemed pretty fat and healthy, even if they weren't all that big
Atley kicked butt on this stream, catching 8 fish and both the largest and the smallest fish were caught by him. It was great to see him getting interested in fishing again. On the way home he was talking about coming back to show his brother. I can't wait. It was the perfect end to a nice weekend with the family. Hope you can get out, be safe, and enjoy the outdoors.

- Kidder

Love it when this kid fishes with me

First Day

Tuesday was my first day of Summer break! Yeah, there are still some perks to being a teacher. For the next three weeks I’ll be trying to enjoy some fishing (though I still have no money to pay for these trips). With that in mind I finally got back to …

Tuesday was my first day of Summer break! Yeah, there are still some perks to being a teacher. For the next three weeks I'll be trying to enjoy some fishing (though I still have no money to pay for these trips). With that in mind I finally got back to a lake that I found last fall (post here).
Headed out early with a buddy of mine (making sure to tell him all about the bears/sasquatch/other reasons he shouldn't bring everyone he knows here) and arrived at the lake around 7:00am. 

A fine site
A few fish were surfacing early but we had a tough time convincing them to come say hi. Threw some different flies at them all with the same result. Had some fish follow but none would commit. Then we worked our way toward the inlet and found some willing participants.

I see you!

I never get tired of these
Once we left the inlets our luck turned off again, so after a little while we began making our way back to the trail home when we finally keyed in on what the fish wanted. An orange asher either floating or stripped slowly was the ticket and we were soon into several fish. Can't say enough about this little fly that has been just awesome for me since I learned how to tie it on FlyFishFood.com

Gettin' colored up for the dance

He's starting to get the hang of this fly thing
We were about to call it a day when Ross spotted a large Cutt that seemed to be stuck in the debris at the mouth of the inlet. Ross hurried over and helped it to get unstuck, and held onto it for a couple of pics. She was big and beautiful.

She was chuck full of eggs!
 Great way to end the day and begin making our way back through the treacherous woods where we kicked up a couple of deer but avoided the Sasquatch infestation, luckily. In all seriousness it was a fantastic first day and one that has me really excited for Summer. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.
- Kidder