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Change Up

Posted by Mark Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It was the classic comeback fly situation yesterday.  Last pool of the day, bottom of the 9th bases loaded.  We were fishing a fly we were calling Big Bird, a big yellow skater used as a searching fly. We had fished the run early in the day and had no luck.  The afternoon pass through proved to be a good move.  Doug fished through the upper section flawlessly, putting Big Bird on the mark and swinging it with a gentle twitch.  The fly reached the upper part of the glassy flat where many fish come from and we saw an almost imperceptible splash at the fly. Our eyes were bleary now from watching the fly all day, currents and ripples can sometimes fool ya. Doug said " did you see that?"   "That was so small it couldn't have been a steelhead could it'?   I said "That was him, for sure!" I said "Throw that same cast out there and see if he takes a poke at it".   Doug fires it out and nothing happens as the fly catches a current and pulls through the same spot with a little more pace this time. Nothing........ I grab his line and put on a tiny purple muddler and tell him to shorten up 10 feet.  He fires the muddler out and swings it through.  Extends 2 feet and sends it through again.  Two more feet and through again.   After the next 2 feet of line he is back out to 6 feet, still around 4 feet from where the fish showed.  This drift comes though and the line snaps tight and the reel starts screaming.  There is not a sweeter sound to be heard. The fish was not large but had the heart of a lion and almost left out the bottom of the pool on two occasions.  The fish was landed and a very satisfied smile and high five followed for both of us.  Picture perfect comeback fly hookup.
 Pretty tough fishing out there right now with a lot of hours between action. Not a lot of fish in the river yet. Fish good water well and keep after it and you may just be rewarded.

  John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,  and the Word was fully God. 1:2 The Word  was with God in the beginning. 1:3 All things were created  by him, and apart from him not one thing was created  that has been created.1:4 In him was life,  and the life was the light of mankind.  1:5 And the light shines on  in the darkness,  but the darkness has not mastered it. 

1 Responses to Change Up

  1. Cool story Mark! Good job on getting Doug into an early season fish. I love the supense of getting them on the comback fly. I had it happen to me last week - sometimes they just won't comeback for the surface display. Hope to see you on the river soon.



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