Saturday was an absolutely perfect, beautiful day for fishing. So of course I didn't go.
Sunday was nearly as good, and I managed to head to the Skunk River north of Ames for an hours-worth of flyfishing in the late afternoon. The river looked better, our recent rains have made a small improvement on the river, and there is now a small current flowing in the river...it isn't just stagnant pools anymore. Its still really shallow, though.
I was hoping to find some suckers, but didn't see any. I wet-waded, and my feet got cold, so this is probably the last wet-wading trip of the season for me! Despite my polarized sunglasses, the glare on the water prohibited me from sight-fishing. I was casting blind.
I started out fishing a small wet fly, and caught 2 Smallmouth Bass.
As you can see on the fly, I was dredging up plenty of gunk even though the fly was lightly weighted with only a small glass bead. Since the water was so shallow, I switched to a foam topwater...a Chernobyl Ant/Hopper pattern. I caught 8 more Smallies on that, lost at least half that many more (barbless hook), and also caught one decent Bluegill.