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
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.