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The yellow perch were all just about the same size. They might of been spawning. Black Friday when I fished there I was catching yellow perch but they were all small about 6 inches long.

Did learn from Jim on Wednesday that very slow stripping was the key to catching and that you could watch the end of your floating fly line and watch for it to stop or move out. For the most part from my salt water fishing I tend to strip too fast. It has worked for large mouth and pickerel, but on the pan fish the slow strip it what was needed.

Want to give a try in the Delaware River when the stripers come up after the herring and see if I can get one on the fly.
 

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I hate to disappoint you guys but I fresh water fished on Wednesday and Thursday without a clip. (you guys would of been proud of me.) I went fishing on Wednesday with a friend from the fly club. Got to his house and he said with all the rain, the creek we intended to fish was all brown and really running hard, but there was a small pond where he thought we could catch something.

When he said small pond, he wasn't kidding. It was about a 1/3 of a football field in size and very shallow. He said there were small bass, crappie and sunfish there.

I told him I wanted to go for bass and he gave me a neat little swimming fly that he had been getting some bass on the week before in the creek. I fell in love with this little guy and intend on making a couple larger ones for saltwater. The swimming action was super.

After about 4 casts I got a hit and was feeling good. Jim put on a dinky little brown fly and soon started getting hits and hooking up with crappie, sunfish and small bass.

On my much bigger fly, I got 7 hits and one hook up and jump off of a small bass and stubbornly refused to put on a small fly. finally after Jim landed his 12th fish I gave in and put on the small fly and I started to catch. Heres my first big monster.

I have to learn to tone down my strip sets as I just about yanked the fish out of the water on the strip set, but I got it down after a few fish.

We only fished for a few hours and it felt good just to get out and get a little wiggle on the line.

Thursday morning I had a little bit of time so I headed up to a small pond near where my daughter lives to give it a try for a couple of hours. It has decent fish in it but it is super difficult to fish with a fly rod as there are not many open area near the water. (Trees, vines and wild thorny stuff)

I found a gap inbetween a few trees where I could get a fly out. I was using my 8 wt and a fresh water reel that I have and it cast pretty well.
Fishing was pretty good. I got 5 nice yellow perch and one small bass before a tree ate my fly and it was time to head home.

I do not know what type of fly I caught it on. I have a collection of small flies that I have picked up at garage sales or that have been given to me. I think I have a fairly good idea of what will work on panfish and bass as I can usually find something that will work. (Trout that would be a whole new ball game.)

Here is a close up of the fly that was working.

Had a fun couple of days playing with the little freshwater guys and was even got stopped by a conservation officer who was checking freshwater licenses. He was pretty cool, asked what was working for me and gave me a few tips on a couple of spots that seem to hold bigger fish, plus he gave me some information on a couple of other lakes and some specific spots.
Ray,
What size hooks are those, and what is the thickness of the foam? Did you glue 2 pieces together?

I tie something similar to that with estaz on the bottom, and the eye does not pass through the foam. The foam gets tied about 1/4 inch back of the eye, and raises a bit. Kind of pops along, but is not a popper as such
 

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Jim gave me the two flies shown. He used the regular thin foam and he did gule the foam together. The total lenght of the foam body is 1 3/4 inches long. He had some smaller ones that he made too. I do not know what size the hook is. If I find a hook chart that I have around I will let you know. I throw all my hooks in a compartment box and none have the size on them. When I tie I just pick a hook the size I want and work the fly to the hook size.

I will post my saltwater versions when I make them.
 

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Went out a little today snorkeling for lobster. Season closes end of month. Water temp 74 & change, made 4 stops on the Gulf side. Plenty of lobster, but only 2 legal. Nice to get wet.
 
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