Old Man Winter has loosened his icy grip on the landscape. Up and down the Front Range ice has disappeared and the waters have warmed sufficiently so that fish are once again in the mood to feed. OK, maybe they’ve been feeding all winter, but they’re now willing to give my flies a try.
The upside of this is I’ve once again started leaving my lunch in the front seat of “flyrodn”, along with a stuffed fly vest and a fully rigged fly rod in the back. On nice warm, sunny days come lunch time I dash out to the parking lot and head to one of the ponds within five to ten minutes of the office. Once on the road, I cram a sandwich down, so that when I hit the pond, all I have to do is grab my vest and rod and hit the water. I keep track of the time from when I leave until first cast so that I can leave when a similar amount of time is left before one so as to be able to make it back to the office in time.
Over time I get to know these lunch break ponds well enough that I’m able to pre-rig my rod with flies that have a good chance of success and don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what’ll work. So on any given lunch hour there’s a good chance I’ll catch a fish or two before heading back to the office. Today was one of the “exceptional” lunch hours where I managed several crappie, bass, and bluegill in the few minutes I had to fish.
Now if you haven’t tried lunch time fishing, you ought to give it a try. The first requirement of course is a water close enough that you can get to, fish at least 30 minutes or so, and back to your job in the hour allotted for lunch. Google Maps is a good starting place to figure this out. Once you find a potential fishing spot, visit it after work and figure out the logistics of getting there, parking, and getting to the water. Second, check to make sure there aren’t any regulations that prohibit you fishing the water. Third, give consideration to fishing the pond after work, or on a weekend to get a feel for what’s there, how it fishes, and the tactics that might work. Personally, I want to maximize my fishing time. Finally, make sure everything is ready to go the night before so all you have to do is step out of the car, grab the rod, and fish.
Aside from lunch hour excursions, I frequently will stop someplace on the way home after work and cast a line for an hour or more. I’m not quite as methodical about being as “prepped” as I am for lunch, but close.
Now I don’t know about you, but I have a 100 or so fishable waters within 60 minutes of home and work, that allows for a lot of fishing before and after work, as well as over lunch hour. If you aren’t currently fishing your neighborhood ponds, give it a try. You may be surprised just how good the fishing can be.
sylvan, CO 3/28/2014 3:26:21 PM
Before I retired and the the Air Force refused to renew our lease I was stationed on Buckley AFB. At lunch I would swap my dress shoes for a pair of boots and fish the small stocked pond they use to have there. My commander thought I was crazy standing along side a pond in my Army dress uniform and fishing. It was my get away. Now retired from the Army and USPS I get to fish anytime I want. Those lunch time getaways were special.
nmiller93, CO 3/28/2014 4:46:14 PM
Nice post, I'm going to give Pikeview reservoir a try over lunch one of these days!
opencage, CO 3/29/2014 8:42:14 PM
If I could fish my lunch time, I would in a minute. However, now that we got that evening hour back, I'm out on the water as many evenings as I can. While my work may not have waters nearby, I'm lucky that my home does. Thanks Dave.
jibber, CO 3/30/2014 8:53:53 AM
For years I had a job assignment that required I spend a week in Durango once a month.. I would drive U.S. 285 to U.S. 160 to get there. This route takes you close to the state fishing leases on the Arkansas above Salida and I would stop and fish for exactly one hour. I would jump out of the truck, put on my outfit and run to the river and fish. To this day I still prefer hip boots to waders because they are faster to get in and out of. Sometimes the fishing was good, sometimes it was casting practice. It was always a good time.