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Lake: South Platte Park Ponds (Littleton Flood Plain Ponds)
Fish: Green Sunfish

First fly fishing expedition

Post By: Opry99er      Posted: 11/4/2013 11:20:19 AM     Points: 595    
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. =)
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 11/4/2013 11:38:41 AM     Points: 3940    
Too bad you didnt make it on sat. I limited out on gills and threw back around twice as many. Also landed a few lil lm and a few crppies on the longrod. The bite usually lasts till skim ice. You need to get yourself a few lil beadhead nymphs in tour arsenal. I think they like the gold beads the best. Maybe we can go this weekend and i can show you a spot to get on them.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/4/2013 11:44:17 AM     Points: 595    
Sh** man!! Saturdays are always out for me. I can do Sundays, but Saturdays are out.

This coming Sunday I'm working at my grandma's house all day. Major MAJOR cleanup work to be done...

I'd love to meet up with you sometime... if I can get into gills like that... holy cow. =)

Thanks for the offer, and I'll certainly take you up on it soon. Unfortunately I've got no time for the next week and a half for fishing... I get one day a week I can get out (my only off day) and I'm tied up. The Sunday following this coming Sunday, I'm trying to get that lake cleanup organized, so I won't be able to fish that day either. I need to get a different job to accommodate my fishing habits...
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 11/4/2013 12:02:00 PM     Points: 9556    
We should all be retired at age 21 thru 51. then go to work 51-65 and then be retired again.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 11/4/2013 12:37:25 PM     Points: 1685    
Those flys Lew is talking about are the same ones I sent you pictures to buy last week. They work well for gills.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/4/2013 12:46:52 PM     Points: 595    
Ahhh... okay. I got the eMail you sent, but never DLed the attachment. =) read the eMail on my phone, can't DL to it... never DLed it when I got to a computer.

Just downloaded it. Very cool... I'll check for those at the tackle shop, thanks guys. =)
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/4/2013 6:37:05 PM     Points: 595    
Heading to the tackle shop tomorrow to pick up a few more flies. This fly fishing is starting to eat my wallet. =) Leaders, spool of tippet, flies, fly box, etc... I've already spent a crap ton of money with no fish to show for it! =)

It's great though... The rod and reel I'm using were donated to me by a very cool dude who had upgraded. So THAT saved me a ton of money right there. =)

I imagine I'll probably be able to get into some fish next time I hit the water... with the excellent help on here and the information and resources available, there's no reason I shouldn't catch at least one or two. =) If I can't get me a fish on the long stick by ice-over, perhaps I'll take up knitting as a hobby.

 Reply by: tracks      Posted: 11/5/2013 7:47:53 AM     Points: 267    
I'm starting to think knitting....
But I have been having good luck on Sunfish recently with feather hoppers not foam though.. Go figure. Foam Bees work well too. I have also had good luck bobber fishing (indicator) with a small (1/2") streamer rigged to hang horizontally. Tie a bit of line to the tail of the hook before it starts to curve, run the line at about 45 degrees and tie the other end to the tippet with a sliding knot, crazy big water rig a guy shared with me years ago.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/5/2013 6:03:04 PM     Points: 595    
Cool... looks like I'll be able to get out for a couple hours tomorrow!!! Woooo hoooo!!!!!! I'm determined. However, I'm a bit concerned about the temperature...

Whatever, I'll fish anyway. =)
 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 11/5/2013 6:23:11 PM     Points: 164691    
Nevermind knitting, you wanna really keep yourself busy (and spend money you never thought you'd spend) start tying flies. That's how you know you're addicted. :-) Good luck tomorrow.
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 11/5/2013 6:37:20 PM     Points: 595    
I've already told my wife to get me some tying gear for Christmas...

Lets see.... I'll need.....

<please respond with sh** I'll need>
 Reply by: ualgremlin      Posted: 11/5/2013 7:43:22 PM     Points: 3541    
I am too new to fly fishing. All I can say is keep at it, practice on open fields when not on water. Watch fly fishing techniques on youtube. It seems everyone gets lines stuck in trees or wind knots in their leaders. As they say, "Tight Lines."

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