Small fishing outing

I headed out to a local trout repository this morning. There were actually fishing rising in an area that I’ve never caught a fish before. Not sure if it they were trout or not, but hopefully so. There were a few bugs floating around on the water, and even more mosquitoes attempting to take a bite out of me.

I moved onto a different section of the creek and took a couple pictures along the way.

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I fished up stream and back down again, switching between nymphs, dries, and finally using a woolly bugger.

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Just as I was getting ready to leave, I finally got a hit on the woolly bugger. I set the hook, and my hopes of not leaving trout-less shot up, and I reeled in this guy:
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Oh well. Still a good day on the river, and I didn’t even get skunked.

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A little bit of randomness…

First, I took my daughter out for what I would consider her first fishing trip yesterday. A little pond at a park about 20 minutes away holds a bunch of blue gill. The good thing is I don’t think they know what a fly is, and are pretty eager to try one out.

So, I was armed with a small fly box full of blue-gill flies, a pair of clippers, and a small pink Barbie fishing pole that lights up. I started off by trying to teach my daughter how to cast…

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After a a few minutes she gave up, and I decided I would hook one and then hand off the pole, so she could reel it in. My wife said I looked pretty funny fishing with a 2-foot long pink fishing pole… Anyways, after about 10 minutes I hooked into a decent sized bass, an let her reel it in. I think she got a kick out of seeing the fish up close.

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My second bit of randomness…

I was on my way into church this morning and stumbled on the the Ravi Zacharias radio show called Let My People Think. It contained a very good discussion titled “Evil and Modernity”, and I was specifically impressed by the guest named Os Guinness. He had some good points regarding the church in America today. I’m not sure how long the podcast will be available for download, but it is currently posted up here:

http://rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx

Au Sable River Fishing – My 2010 Fishing Opener

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I headed out to the Au Sable this past weekend, even though trout season started a week before. My hope was that I would pick a good weekend with less people on the water, good weather, and more fish. The river did seem fairly empty on Friday, but Saturday was like an angler traffic jam. The weather was not that bad, but after a large thunderstorm rolled through Friday evening, the fish seemed to stop biting the rest of the weekend.

A couple of my friends were meeting me at a cabin near Lovells, and I got there a couple hours before they did. I saw bugs coming off the water and unloaded only what I had to before slipping my waders on. When I got on the water I was amazed. The hendrickson hatch was very thick, but there were not many fish rising. Both Thursday and Friday evenings had a pretty big hennie spinner fall, and I was able to get some video of it:

While I caught several brookies throughout the trip, most were only four to six inches long. My biggest fish of the trip was a brookie I caught during the spinner fall:
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My friends and I brought up canoes with the plan to float sections of the river, and fish along the way. The first day was on the North Branch of the Au Sable. Right off the bat, my friend (who was new to fly fishing) picked up a nice brook trout on a dry fly:
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A canoe is great for getting you through the skinny shallow water on the North Branch, but we still a had a couple incidents. First, when trying to head under a footbridge, we ran into the high bank and actually lost a tip top on one of the fly rods. Later, at the very end of the trip, I misjudged the water depth when getting out of the canoe and ended up dunking myself under the water and floated my hat. Luckily I didn’t flip the whole canoe.

The following day we floated the tail end of the Holy Water section. It was a great trip, and I was abl.e lto learn a new piece of water. However, the wind picked up Saturday and what little bugs were on the water were usually being gusted away.

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The good part was that even though not many fish were caught, I got to be out on the water on a beautiful weekend. I also learned some new spots to fish in the future, and got to have fun with friends.
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