Even though it was freezing this morning I decided I wanted to do some fishing. It was cold, not just cold but bone chilling cold. There’s something about 15 mph wind coming off a body of water that seems colder. I’ve never been a fair weather anything so I went fishing.
Last night I picked up a Pistol Pete and tied a couple. People in that last couple of days have been using them successfully. I did some research and found out the Pistol Pete is both a stillwater and stream pattern. I tied a few and added them to my fly box. The bad news is that they are very heavy, even though there was a stiff wind I was able to cast into it with the Pete. Before I used the Pete though I decided to try the sexy chironomid.
I noticed the waves on the lake were about six inches high. Since I use a strike indicator above my fly I figured that the waves would move the chironomid up and down and make it appear more lifelike. I wasn’t wrong on the waves, I was getting strikes left and right and even managed to land some 14 and 15 inch trout.
Back to the Pistol Pete. Good news is that it works great, I had tons of strikes on it. More bad news is that you have to strip the Pete in and I am not very good at setting the hook when I strip in a fly.
I also tried to use a new fly I call the Leechasaurus. Basically it just a very big leech pattern that uses squirrel zonker strips. I tied it this morning before I left. I wanted the fly to sink but it didn’t, I need to add lots more weight to it. I will try again tomorrow.