To finish off the holiday weekend, I went fly-fishing to a local pond last night from about 7pm-9pm.
It started off slow. I could see fish hitting the fly, but they weren't getting hooked, just batting it around.
I figured a surface pattern would do the trick, but I couldn't quickly locate what I wanted in my hip pack.
So I tried a variety of subsurface patterns, and finally settled on a gold Springbrook Wunder. In the meantime, I had my eye competitive eye on an angler using spinning gear on the far side of the pond. He seemed to be taking some stuff off his lure...I assumed were fish, but could have been weeds. He was using a lure under a bobber for awhile. Then I watched him struggle to reach the lure which somehow got stuck in the back of his shirt. He finally had to remove his shirt to free the hook.
The Springbrook Wunder worked very well. I caught at least 20 bluegills and a couple of crappies on that pattern.
As the sky grew dark, I switched to a bucktail streamer I had tied with a short chartreuse craft fur tail, silver mylar cord body, white kiptail, pearl angel hair & chartreuse bucktail wing, and I had wound some chartreuse hackle at the head. I caught a few bluegills on this, but more crappies (as I had hoped), at least 10 before I decided to quit for the evening.