I actually got a little free time Easter weekend to get out on the water by myself for a change. No kids in tow- although I love taking them, No guiding so to speak or not having to put people on fish. Just simply getting out and enjoying what God created.
I spent several nights tying up Stealth Bombers in various colors on a size 4 Gama hook thinking I might be able to keep the bream off. I can honestly say this was my first time to fish the bombers for my prized brown fish.
Glad I tied them. Just about couldn't keep the fish off of it, including some good bream. Thanks Byron for posting tying instructions in the past. A great Saturday afternoon dropping bombs on a little creek.
Caught a green ear sunfish (some people call them goggle eyes) right off the bat that swallowed the fly, then I made a rookie mistake. I made two false casts let the fly settle about 25 feet upstream above the tail out and a bomb went off upstream. BIG FISH!
Rookie mistake #1...WILD Rod up, overly excited HOOK SET!
Crack...I hear the rod tip snap on my brand new 4pc 5wt just above the ferrel of the tip section. NOT HAPPY
Rookie mistake #2...Left the big rods at the house.
So I load up the 4wt 4pc. And start over.
Second Fish, technically the 3rd but seeing as how I lost the 2nd fish after the rod tip shoved the fly out of his mouth during the fight and the fish went thrashing down creek, I don't have pics to show the smallie that was on the line.
So on it went like this for about 2 hours Just me and this little creek I love so much.
Food spit up in a fight.
Another one of these...
All colored up!
Then another one
Then things went quiet...very few strikes very few takers. Then a horrid smell...What the heck is that? OH man....Did I just cut the line with my teeth again. Mental note: MUST STOP DOING THAT!!!!
Further Upstream about 1 mile.
Around 6pm it was time to call it a day. Lost several nice fish that worked their way off on rock and moss. Had one break off on the initial strip set. Rookie mistake #3 - I did not re-tie after about 6 fish.
Went home tied up more Stealth Bombers and plan on getting out again soon.
Thanks for sticking with me on this long post.