Well, I spent the late afternoon with my son yesterday fishing for bluegill and sunfish... Twist? I used only my fly rod and some flies I bought for the occasion.
We fished 3 lakes, all with similar results.
#1 South Platte Park Ponds:
*We went down there to try our hand at gills on the fly. My son had a worm under a bobber but lost interest when he started finding "Clams"... I fished this location with a foam grasshopper and a trailing wet fly... 1.5 hours, no fish, no bites, no rises.
#2 Vanderbilt Park Lake
*Got there about an hour and a half before sunset (the new time shift screwed my trip up... dark at 5:00... what the hell?!) This time I used two black wet flies in tandem... I couldn't cast for crap because of all the brush and dead tree limbs. Total waste of time.
#3 Huston Park Lake
*One hour before dark, we hit the home lake. This time I just fished the grasshopper, walked the north side of the lake and tried the cat tails and weed beds. No fish, no rises, no bites.
So.... I'm a brand new fly fisherman, therefore I'm not surprised by the blank yesterday, but still disappointed. I have bought 5 flies so far and a small fly box. I hope I'm not spinning my wheels, but I really think I will be able to learn to fly fish and do it effectively.
The first 1.5 hours were miserable... I couldn't figure out how to get any distance on my casts and the 9' leader seemed really long... I kept trying to roll cast without any accuracy, then I tried overhead casting. At first, same fail. Then I started drawing down on the line as I lifted the fly off the water. It improved the load on the rod and I was able to get some distance and accuracy... I've been told this is called a "haul". =)
Anyway, fun 4 hours with the boy. No fish, and my Pepe LePew streak extends to nearly a month now, but I'm excited to learn, and excited to become a fly fisherman. =)