I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

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I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

Postby wyldechylde77 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:33 pm

Hi all,

Got another RL fishing expedition update for you, but this one is special and significant. I had a rough work week so was really looking forward to getting away from the city and out to Great Valley for the weekend. However, Mother Nature decided to throw me a curveball as well. She greeted me with driving rain that didn't let up all day Saturday. I was thinking it was gonna be a long night just sitting in the cabin watching TV. I made the decision to say screw the rain and see if I could catch a couple of Brook Trout from the creek. Set up a light tackle rig and put on my boots for the muddy walk to the creek. Put on a nightcrawler (which the resident brookies bite the best on) and dropped it in. Within a few minutes I got a light bite and set the hook. Caught this little guy:

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Big creek chub, nothing special. Cast out again as the rain started to pick up and got another bite. Another dumb creek chub, although a big one:

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I ended up catching one more, but all that told me was since the creek chubs were present in the hole, the Brook Trout were not there. That's how it goes. So, packed it up and went back to the cabin, soaked and hoping the rain would let up.
Later on in the evening, the rain let up and stopped for a while, besides a drizzle. I knew I couldn't get up the mountain to Spruce Lake because it would be very muddy and dangerous to go up the mountain, so I made a very critical decision which turned out to be one of the best I ever made.
I called the neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ditcher, and asked if it would be ok if I threw a couple lines in thier pond. They gave me the ok, and as I got ready I told myself "You know what? Time to try the fly rod". Grabbed my fly rod, a couple of flies (popper, wooly bugger), and went over there to finally give it a shot. I surveyed the surface and, using knowledge I gained from you guys and RWFF, saw there was not any surface action going on. So, tied on the wooly bugger. A couple of casts in, no fish. I made a decision that made all the difference in the world. I know it is unconventional, but I cut off a tiny piece of nightcrawler and added it to the hook for scent. I cast out near the weeds and within a few minutes, I saw my line moving. Well, my friends here at RWFF, it gives me great pleasure to show you, finally, MY VERY FIRST EVER FISH ON THE FLY!! This one's for you guys!!

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Not a big one, but doesn't matter to me. It was all about experience!! A bit later on, I got another one, which gave a very solid fight. What a difference it makes on the fly rod. This one was bigger and I even recorded part of the fight (will be in the link at the bottom):

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As it got darker, and I had the fly fishing adrenaline flowing through my system, I told myself to make one last cast near the weeds and see what happens. Slowly worked the wooly bugger along, when out of nowhere it got smacked and smacked HARD. The fight was on almost right away!! This one bulldogged right away and got me on the reel. I scaled the drag back just a little bit as he was really pulling with all his might. Soon, he became very acrobatic and was really trying to take the fight to me. It took a while to tire him out, but I finally lipped him. Only about 2-3 lbs, but a solid fish. Never knew they could fight that hard!:

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With that, I packed it up and went back to the cabin. Still pumping with adrenaline from that last battle,
I told myself that if it wasn't raining, I'd be back in the morning.
Morning came, and I grabbed the flyrod and headed back over to the pond.The bite was a bit slower, but the fish I did catch on the fly turned out to be nice ones, even had another take me for an across-the-pond, drag-peeling fight! Exhilarating!!

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...and the final fish of the day before they shut down and the bite stopped.

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Well, there you have it. I can finally say I caught fish on a fly rod! I cannot believe the difference in the fight, as some of those bass really gave me some real battles! I know the method I used to catch them isn't exactly conventional or considered "pure", but I couldn't care less about that as I just wanted the experience. The tiny piece of nightcrawler literally just cover the tip of the hook, just enough for scent. That was the deciding factor. Without it, those fish were not interested. Glad I made that choice. I also found I still have a ways to go as far as accuracy on my casts, as I got hung up a few times as well. But I learned a lot as far as hooking and fighting fish on the fly, and also learned that I need to learn how to set the hook on fish that bite from a distance as I missed a couple of strikes at great distances. I'll get it. ;-) I think you guys may have created a fly fishing monster, as I really enjoyed myself and plan to do it again. May not be my main way to fish, but I love having it in my arsenal!! I leave you guys with a little video I took while digging a decent bass (mentioned above). Sorry if the quality sucks, was pretty tough to hold and battle a bass with the flyrod and record with my phone LOL!! Special note to Stanley: thanks for all the tips my friend. As you can see, they all came to a head and helped me turn a miserable rainy day into a very productive evening!!

http://youtu.be/3RR7xEfebu0

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Re: I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

Postby Yellowstone7 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:21 pm

Hi Chuck and Everyone:

What a great story and a nice first fish on a flyrod! I had a feeling that you would be catching a Largemouth Bass as your first fish and I was right. Under the right conditions (e.g. early morning, late evening and clouded over rainy days) the Largemouth are great fish to catch on a flyrod. Tipping the end of the hook with a piece of night crawler is a stroke of genius and brought you success. Any way you can catch a nice fish is a good way. A 2-3 pound Jumping Largemouth is a respectable fish on a long and limber flyrod any day! Congratulations. :lol:

You did a great job with the short video too! Taking a chance here as you can easily drop your iPhone into the pond with slippery hands. The fish jumped very nicely for the video. Now you see why I got so involved in making the jumping fish for RWFF just to bring it the right amount of realism. LOL

When you cast long distances to a fish using a wet fly you should always keep the rod level and pointed at the fish while you retrieve your fly with short jerks. This will take up the slack in the line and you can set the hook better that way by raising your rod tip and pulling back simultaneously on the fly line when a fish strikes. Slack is always a big problem in flyfishing. I am sure you will get this with more flyfishing hours under your belt. :P

Again, my congratulations on your first flyrod fish. Now maybe we have created a flyfishing addict in you. Don't forget to tell old Cutch about this. He will be thrilled as well! :P

Regards,

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Re: I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

Postby wyldechylde77 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:28 am

Hi Stanley and everyone,

Haha, yeah you sure did call it bud! I did always agree with you that my best bet would be trying to catch Largemouth in an open pond or lake. Turns out, we were both right. And look! I actually had favorable conditions the whole time (it was already cloudy/rainy, but I fished at dusk and early morning!) :P It just blows my mind though at how much difference there is in when it comes to the fight. That Largemouth on Saturday night (the big one) pulled so incredibly hard that my arm was getting tired from holding the rod tip up high enough to keep pressure on him. I can only imagine what it would have been like had it been in Franklinville and had hooked into a 7-8 lb bass. I'll do it, for sure LOL! This also feels good because I have a real sense of accomplishment. I have been practicing my casts in my back yard for quite some time, and it seemed everytime the opportunity to use the flyrod came about, something would backfire and it wouldn't happen. It was about to happen again as the fish were not at all interested in the Wooly Bugger by itself. Cutting off that tiny little piece of nightcrawler no bigger than half a fingernail and placing it on the hook to use for scent made everything spring to life. Normally, I would just use a scent spray, such as ProCure or something, but had none with me. Who would of thought taking a page out of the jigging handbook would make a world of difference for fly fishing?? Maybe I have started a little trend with unconventionalism LOL!!!!
But yes, I fully plan on doing it again, as I take my fly rod with me on every excursion in case the opportunity presents itself. I might even bring it with me when the salmon start running up the tribs in a few weeks, but I may be overmatched and inexperienced to do battle with big King Salmon and Steelhead. But, experience is gained with exactly that: experience. So we shall see. I just really cannot believe the adrenaline rush when you set the hook into a nice fish and it begins tearing the line off the fly reel. Cannot wait to try it again! Funny thing is, RWFF helped in a way. I learned to recognize exactly what the fish were doing before I even threw in. I watched the water really closely for a few minutes and saw no surface activitym which told me that the fish would be feeding in the water column or bottom, hence the decision to go with the Wooly Bugger. I still have a lot of practice to get into and improve, but be assured that I am more than happy to add fly fishing to my arsenal, especially after this great experience!!

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Speaking of the Ditchers' pond, I forgot to add that as I was leaving this morning, thier sons Frank and Bob were out cutting wood and of course I stopped and chatted them up for a while. Both were very interested in the fact that I used a fly rod. But they also gave me a little nugget to chew on. There are actually a couple of really big carp in the pond, one of which has been there for 15 years. Coolest thing is, it's an albino....hmmmmmmmmm...... 8) :idea: :idea: 8) :mrgreen: Gonna have to be on the lookout for it.....
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Re: I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

Postby manoj2078 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:49 pm

congrats mate, and as Stanley said you will be hooked for life, and wait till you get a good seatrout or salmon or maybe steelhead in your case on a fly.
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Re: I DID IT! Great Valley, NY

Postby FlyManJoe » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:28 pm

Hi Chuck,

Excellent job catching your first fish on a fly. Fly fishing is a very fun and exciting sport. Especially getting nice bass like the ones you got.
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