Fish'n after work and evenings
by: David Coulson , Colorado 3/21/2017
Daylight Savings Time is here. I recognize that not all folks love the change, but for me, "Happy Days are Here Again." With dozens of ponds within an hour or less of work and home, itís easy to stop off after work for a quick fish, especially on those evening when Sue has activities to attend.
Today I couldn't wait, so I slipped out over lunch hour to a nearby pond that's heavily trafficked by cyclists and walkers, but rarely fished. The major issue fishing neighborhood ponds is one really has to pay attention to the back cast. Trees, high banks, and brush offer plenty of places for my flies to land, and I don't need to snag pedestrians while I'm at it.
While most of these ponds have plenty of fish, their size is typically small. Although on occasion, I'll pick up a nice bass, gill, or carp. Not so today, a handful of smallish crappie and a couple pumpkinseeds or hybrids in forty-five minutes or so were all that came to hand.
Why, fish during lunch and after work? Because I can, is the best answer. Catching a few fish, or just casting, is better than the lunch hour gossip the break room offers. And it for sure beats working at the computer while munching a sandwich. The real benefit, however, is casting practice. With all the obstacles, both along the shore and behind, you learn to pay attention to your surroundings. Itís a good time to make roll casts, curve casts, reach casts, false casts low and parallel to the shore with jab at the end to change direction, high back casts (steeple cast), tuck cast, casting into the wind . . . You name it, this is a great time to work on your casting skills.
Cooperative fish also offer you an opportunity to try new flies. Test the waters long enough with the standards to convince yourself thereís a bite on. Then switch over to those creations you tied last winter. If these guys wonít eat them, thereís a fair chance you need to rethink your tie.
The bottom line is if you fly fish every chance you can and you'll find your skills will be sharp when you head out to fish those "treasured" locations, the once in a life time trips. Canít tell you how many times Iíve watch anglers struggle on prime waters because it was beneath them to put is a little time at the neighborhood ponds.
Plus, sometime youíll get a bonus fishing locally. Todayís highlight occurred when two mothers were walking past with their two daughters on the way to the nearby school. My fishing peaked the girlís interest, but mom said no, we need to get to school. I hooked a fish right then and there was no getting the daughters off to school until they'd had a chance to come down and inspect the catch. After having a look, one suggested I should let it go now. Loved it.
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FISHRANGLER, CO 3/21/2017 5:37:36 PM
Every year I look forward to your daylight saving time post . Your pretty consistent. It means it's time to fish! I'm sure if I was walking to school I too would like to see you release your catch. FYI I'm no spelling nut , But you are. It's "saving "not "savings "historically it's been mispronounced.
Lloyd Tackitt, TX 3/22/2017 6:38:49 AM
I like daylight saving - but I think it should be year round. Set the clocks and never re-set them again. Summer is great, stays light until nearly 9pm around here - lots of time to fish after work.
illpilgrim, CO 3/22/2017 6:53:39 AM
With this extra sunlight there are no excuses on getting out there! I find that an evening of fishing gives me an incredible recharge. Even if you are feeling tired get out there and stretch your legs, you wont regret it!
As for fish size... There are some monsters lurking where you would hardly believe.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 3/22/2017 6:56:28 AM
Thanks for the kudos. Can't help it this time of year, Daylight Saving Time, and correct, there is no "s", longer evenings, warmer weather, I'm on the water. Hit another pond last night, figuring on mostly gills, but lots of bass, best 13-14 inches. Difficult to fly fish with heavy shore vegetation and stiff breezes. But I've a tube and another visit will be in order. Funny, part of a group of ponds, a number of anglers and all walk right by. My gain.
ozzy, CO 3/22/2017 9:13:34 AM
This time of year I keep a couple rods in my car. I drive all over northern colorado for work so I like to hit the nearest pond or lake at lunch time. great way to spend my lunch hour trying out new tactics or lures I can use at my usual weekend outings. Catching a few fish makes it even better time well spent.