A BIG fish is a GOOD fish
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: cape ann
flow is still too low from optimum at 335. indeed need water to push in the players. with fishing the only winter tourist money (except snowmobiling) ya think the chamber of commerce would be able shake up the dam controller in a way to turn the faucet up a little, at least for the weekends.
i arrived on the river a little late bout 6:15, clearly too late to expect to fish water in lower flyzone through ellis cove. my friends flaked so i was alone after 4 hour drive throught the night.
I fished willow pool above pineville, swung secret concoction called egg sucking GP. also swung classics on size 3,7 low water profiles. finally dialed in tip to 10 ft type III poly leader thingy. everything else was too heavy once got into swing zone.
NADA. few gear guys with occasinal hookups in the head, one guy had a nice fish out of the pocket water, but was otherwise quiet.
Then hit rt 2A bridge down river. no love. then off to sportsmans pool north. nice water but really bumpy rhythym as i had to pull out as soon as i got some line out as had to skip over stationary gear guys stationed every 30 yards. had a nice fish on, jumped twice and unbuttoned itself from debarbed size 3 dragons tooth. bow to the king, slack line, and she was off.
went back to the willow to swing the opposite side from the packed in gear guys...nada
pros: great weather, saw fish, had one on, found some reasonably unpelted water amongst ZOO of people, enjoyed fishing low water with classics
cons: Zoo of people, didnt even want to look upriver cuz of the crowds. most guys were indie fishing with every dh rod i saw. the guys fishing indie with the dh rods in my holes were on eggsacs (bait). I saw one guy swinging and we managed to cast-step 100+ yards away from each other so never ran into each other. would have liked to say hi if that was anyone on this board. river has been 335 for a few weeks now, i suspect most of the fish are dour and settled in at the heads under the gear guys. need water and snow to move fish and thin the crowds.
my 4 hour drive home initially was one of dissappointment in very slow action, but as the music and miles poured into my soul, i began to relax, relish the time i had away from work stress, screaming twin toddlers, and that for 2 days i had my home grown flies under oily looking water with my hands fixed to softly soiled cork grips of my spey set up. and today i think of a few more patterns to improve on before i get my next chance to wet a line.
ironically the spey fest done here in the summer has increased interest in winter chrome, just thought with all the dh rods going off the shelf, id see more people swinging. everyone i saw except one other guy were firmly planted in every bucket doing the dead drift thing. too much of a combat thing up there to confront anyone about what lowholing is. the precident firmly implanted about fishing where your feet find a spot and dont move unless fear of someone stepping in.
someone call a wah!mbulance.. serve me cheese with my whine.
"In a world that rolls ceaselessly underfoot, rocking and lurching like a subway car, i've found that the cork grip of a fly rod offers a pretty steady handhold."
Ted Leeson, The Habit of Rivers
"She loves you, Big River; more than me!"