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Hook into a big fish across a sandy flat in 3 feet of water on tandem beaded Winni Smelt. Fish hit at 7:30 pm
in light rain. Fought like a laker. Peeled off line and couldn't budge it. Lost it after 30 seconds. Oh well. After three hours and not a hit, I can't wait to go back. What a sucker!! LOL
Just before dark a hatch happened. Incredible amount of fish porpoising on these gnat-type flies that were landing on the surface. I reeled in and cut the motor and just waited until they surfaced within casting distance. Had a few takes and missed them all. What a great way to fish. Some of these fish had their head, tail, and dorsal out of the water as they skimmed the surface sipping the flies. These were big fish. Anyone ever see this? I have had luck in the past trolling a very small Hornberg when I've witnessed this. Didn't have any with me this time.
were they salmon or bows, seen big bows do that, real fun if you can get someone to motor you in while you cast in front then change up after each fish. they seem to move at a good clip gulping every three four feet as they move forward, i think pretty much any fly will work if you time it right in their path. seen it in a pond just north of you
I saw a number of forked tails and some were 2 feet long it appeared.Their backs would come out of the water and their tails would follow, so I got a good look. I couldn't tell if there were bows, but I would imagine they were there too.
Those strikes that you seen were most likely rejections, because the fly did not match what they were feeding on. There is a saying in fly fishing circle “match the hatch”. Get some flies in a #18 or #20 size in an emergent or dry fly pattern and try it again. You will need a small tippet like a 6 or 7, great fun.
When I got close enough they hit an adams #18. They would actually whirl around when the fly dropped onto them and sip it. I just missed the hit. A little anxious I guess. I don't do much flyfishing and I know about matching the hatch. I was just unprepared, although I thought the Adams was the right size.
hey joe i was there on sat. fishing the channel with kissmybass..we got a couple bows nothing big though but still nice looking fish ..i beleive the fish you were casting to were white perch. seems they are next in line to hit the channel..