by: Lloyd Tackitt 11/3/2013
I had a great evening fishing. I caught somewhere in the neighborhood of two dozen, or probably even more, bluegill. I love bluegills, they fight so well that they are amazing!
Bluegills are basically the southern equivalent of trout in many respects. Except maybe there are more of them and they can be easier to catch, if you fish for them right. If I was up north I guarantee I'd have been after trout - but we catch what we have available and bluegills are fantastic fish to have available.
I bought a new fly rod with them in mind, it's a 9 foot 4wt rod. Beautiful to cast, the balance is superb and it weighs nothing. The rod responds to every flip of their fins, and I think it makes them fight even harder.
I used the chartreuse 1" gulp minnows and no. 6 hooks that I had on magnets for a few days. Too early to tell if the magnetized hooks really make a difference but compared to the non-magnetized wooly booger I also used the bluegills tore up the gulps and uncharacteristically ignored the wooly. So early indicators are that the gulp's work well and the magnetized hooks may too. Lots of experimenting to do yet though.
Now I'm back, tired and feeling good - a stiff martini half gone, half gone but sitting pretty in my stomach. The den is warm and the lights are low and I am feeling nice and relaxed - feels great to be sitting down after hours of wading. It's hard to describe but the after-glow of a good fishing day is a treat in and of itself.
I'm between getting out of the water and thinking about going to work tomorrow. I have the house to myself after a weekend of grandsons and the hustle and bustle of trying to keep up with them. I say it's hard to describe because it is, but if you're a fisherman you know the feeling. Great memories that are fresh and full, a slight glow from the martini, and the feeling of being physically tired in a good way, a good cigar and peace and quiet, it's just so hard to beat this feeling. A fireplace would be great, but I don't have one yet. That's coming in couple of years when I build a new house - which will include a den with the fireplace just for times like these.
I think I'll sign off now and finish this excellent martini and cigar, continue to keep my feet up and enjoy the moment. Enjoying the moments, I enjoyed a lot of them this weekend, some truly excellent moments like taking my grandsons to the new mega outdoors store and buying them new fishing rods and watching their faces light up. Watching them catch fish, playing with them outside, and watching grandma take them back home - all excellent moments.
Enjoy your moments, make the best of them. I am.
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IceFishingFool, CO 11/3/2013 8:49:49 PM
Write on Lloyd, Right on. Like old mosses and his rocking chair.
Flyrodn, CO 11/4/2013 10:46:19 AM
I'm so looking forward to taking my grandchild shopping for fishing tackle. But at 7 months I'm a couple years out.
No doubt the "moments" make fishing all the more pleasurable.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 11/4/2013 1:00:03 PM
Old and rocking chair go well together, and I am getting old...well I will one of these days. 7 months is probably early, but 8 months may not be!
Dangly, CO 11/4/2013 4:16:47 PM
opencage, CO 11/5/2013 9:33:01 AM
I love the 'after fishing' feeling, obviously especially after a good outing. I usually have to get my chores done early before I go out to enjoy it though. The best is coming home, putting up the boat and batteries, going in and filleting a nice walleye for dinner, washing up, then putting my feet up to drink half a beer, watch football, and nod off for a half hour or so. Though a good dirty martini does sound good now that you mention it...
skiman, CO 11/6/2013 1:26:53 PM
I'm not "getting"...I AM old!
My grandkids are too far away for me to take them fishing as much as I'd like, but when they do come to visit, you can bet I'll be taking them! The only thing I would do differently is trade the martini for a good single malt scotch, and ditch the cigar! (I gave them up 30 years ago along with cigarettes!) Thanks for reminding me just how precious those "after fishing" memories really are! Good Fishing!
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 11/7/2013 7:33:26 AM
I like bourbon, a lot. In the summer I tend to drink gin and tonic, in the dead of winter it's bourbon, in between it's martinis. With a beer here and there as well. Wine, not very often at all.
skiman, CO 11/7/2013 3:43:24 PM
I guess I'm just a "purist"! lol
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 11/7/2013 5:46:05 PM
If it wasn't for purists, we wouldn't have such exquisite things to enjoy. They pave the way.