Time: 5:00 - 5:45 pm
Location: Local Pond
Weather: Sunny, Warm, and Windy, Air Temperature 75, Water Temperature 62 - 63, Wind WSW and Stiff, Moon 11% Visible, Pressure 29.91
Catch: After another week of unseasonably cold days, today felt incredible. I'm writing this on Saturday, 4/14, and it's another beauty - sunny and warm. Unfortunately, the temperature is dropping tonight. The upcoming week isn't supposed to break the low 50s.
During this short trip, I managed a beautiful little pumpkinseed sunfish, a small largemouth bass, and a black crappie. I was connected to a better largemouth, but he shook my barbless fly. I fished a black bead head mini bugger on 3X tippet.
Last summer I was encouraged to fish mini buggers by the crew at the Housatonic River Outfitters.
I fished the Housatonic on September 3, 2017. My New Jersey brain was still in summer mode. I expected to be targeting smallmouth bass in a warm river. But by September 3rd, Connecticut was already well into a string of cool days and cold nights. The river's water temperature was falling. This caused the trout in the thermal refuges to spread back out into the main river.
After getting a license, some flies, and guidance at the shop, I swung bead head mini buggers and had a blast with both smallmouth and trout. The mini bugger has become a favorite fly.
Here's my best picture from that Housy trip, 9/3/17.