I haven’t written for a while, not that I haven’t been fishing but I have been building tools for my up and coming project; making my own fly rod. I needed a break from all that heavy labor and dropped by Steed Pond to do some fishing.
It seems like wooly patterns are what’s called for this time of year. I tied a mess of them the other day, close to 70 of them. I tied them in brown, black and olive green. Sometimes a mix of colors work but I like to minimize what I have to lug around, those flies can get heavy.
I ended up landing six trout this afternoon with only an hour of fishing. When I first got there a young boy, about 11 or 12, asked me what I use to catch fish from here. He said his name was Xavier and he had never caught a trout on his fly rod before. I assumed he got it for Christmas. I gave him an olive green wooly leech with a gold bead head. I watched him fish with it for a while but he was doing it wrong. I showed him how to strip it in and he caught a beautiful 14” rainbow within five minutes. Kewl.
I haven’t fished much at Steed Pond but its pretty close to my house, but difficult to fly fish there because of all the trees and bushes.
Here a picture of the woolies that I have been tying lately.