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River's Too High - Creek's Too Low
by: Lloyd Tackitt , Texas4/2/2012
When the river is down I can't fish the creek but can fish the river. When the river's too high by a certain amount I can fish the creek. There is a point in between that I can't fish either - or so I thought until today.
The creek is narrow, brush on both sides and has a snag of sunken trees in it. I had always though it would be impossible to fish with a fly rod. But...give me a problem and sooner or later I will make it worse - no really. This problem of not being able to fish out of my backyard was bugging the tar out of me so I decided to try to fly fish the creek from the bank, brush, trees, snags and all.
It worked! I found a spot I could stand and make a high back cast and stay out of trouble. I could cast to three different hotspots in the creek. I just came in from fishing it and the fishing was intense. I caugth half a dozen bass, two were so big my leader broke trying to deadlift them up the bank - I really need to get a long handled net - and got two that were in the three to four pound range up on the bank. Caught some small bass, not sure how many. Caught a ten inch bluegill, that was a fight and a half.
It wasn't finesse fighting either - it was get them up to the top and keep them there. They all tried to get into the submerged logs and gave good but very short fights as I got them in as fast as I could.