Tag Archives: Mini Bugger

Date: 4/13/18

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.

Date: 1/27/18

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Time Stamp on Picture Is Wrong)

Location: Local Pond

Weather: Patchy Clouds and Warm, Air Temperature 58, Water Temperature 46, Stiff SW Wind, Moon 70% Visible, Pressure 30.33 and Steady

Catch: 

You don't get better at fly fishing by not fly fishing.

The winter months in NJ aren't consistently cold anymore. To me, winter has become a time when we have stretches of freezing cold days. But between cold snaps, temperatures can run in the 40s. And within the 40 degree periods, we'll experience a day or two of freakish warmth, with highs pushing 60. Weeks ago this pond was frozen, but today it felt like spring. I knew I had a shot at something. I would've loved to trout fish, but I didn't have the time.

I managed one tiny largemouth bass. He ate a beadhead mini bugger. I fished my 9 foot 6 inch 5 weight rod with a floating line and a 9 foot 4X leader. It was tough to have the discipline to do it, but I crawled my fly close to the bottom. This pond is not deep, so I was confident that I was getting pretty close. That was confirmed by the occasional hang up and hooked leaf.

I'm glad I had one grab.