|Common Carp close up.|
|Looking out at the wild horse of the Salt River.|
When I first got my fly rod I just tied on the Walmart flies and went out thinking it was similar to a tradition rod only a different style of casting. I quickly realized there was a little more to this then I previously thought. I would try for a while but seem to scare more fish then I caught so I picked up my normal pole and would fish for bass or whatever was around in the lake. Mostly fishing the urban lakes we would use dough balls and get some decent size carp but I felt bored just tossing a line in the water and waiting for something happen so I started messing around with the fly again.
It wasn't until I started doing a little research that I found I was suppose to have a lead line attached to my float line and after a trip to the Salt River with my friend Ricky I learned there should be a tippet line on there as well. The way I got it there was a couple feet of line tied to the float line so I just used it as it was. After that ground breaking discovery I decided it was best to ask my friends (KC and Manny Chee) for a little more advice and for some references on where I could do more research of my own. Without the help of those friends I would be scaring all the fish around town still so I thank them again for all there help and always letting me bug them!
|My wife's first fish on the fly and there will be many more to come.|
|Bend rods and tight lines, I knew this one was going to be good.|
|And I was right! 5.7lb Common Carp from a local urban lake.|
We live pretty much in the middle of a a handful of urban lakes which all have some fun fish. The carp seem to be one of my favorites so far but that didn't stop me from throwing some flies in hope of bass. The excitement of watching the chase and seeing that mouth open on any fish is awesome but Large Mouth Bass take it a step further for me. I have caught a few small bass fly fishing so far and can't wait to get some proper flies for the larger ones.
|1lb even on the scale and was excited to chop down on the fly.|
Last year was lucky enough to receive a day trip fishing with a friend Manny Chee (a professional fishing guide) as my birthday present from my lovely wife. Instantly was shocked seeing what Manny said could have been around a 9lb fish open that large mouth at my swim bait. The excitement was a little over whelming as well as never having bass fished from a boat, with swim baits or seen the actual chase and that left me with zero fish caught. I wasn't in the least bit disappointed. One fish I moved to fast, the next to slow, a few followed or last but all of it was time that I got to improve my skills with expert advise on hand. The chance to see those size bass up close and personal and all the knowledge I soaked up left me ready to get back out there for some more of the Manny Chee Experience. I highly reccomend getting a guided trip book with Manny for whatever type of fishing you are interested in.
|11oz LMB on a my new Orvis Clearwater.|
|Rainbow Trout from Lower Lake Mary. Catch and release.|
|Fish on! Another bow landed.|
|We met a lot of new slithery friends walking around the lake.|
|The second we packed up to leave the wind stopped and sun came out.|
There is so much to learn and plenty adventures a head so I couldn't be more excited to pack up the TDI for the weekend or just cruise down the street in our 65 Chevy C10 for a picnic and some carp. Now as I am working on the basics I hope to get more comfortable with a fly rod and bait caster to bring in some good size fish. No matter what the fish or water I hope to progress my skills and spend plenty of time on the water with our kids hoping the next state record is about to be on our line.
|Clare was stoked on the spots this catfish had more then catching the fish in the first place.|
|Devyn sometimes has the same attention span of the fish she catches but its nice to see her land a few in between playing on the play ground and practicing cart wheels.|
|Mrs. Coleman with a young carp at sunset.|
|Raph catches some decent fish but also is a pro at finding the smallest fish in the pond. After a 5 inch catfish and a couple 2 oz bass I think he was pretty happy with this 3lb 13oz carp on the fly.|
|That's allllll folks. Thank you for reading and feel free to share!|
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