Monday, November 18, 2013

Fantastic Evening, 11-16-2013

What started out as a morning with hail and rain, turned into a decent afternoon of light scattered rain mixed with sunshine.  By late afternoon, the air temps had reached into the lower 60's, and the wind wasn't too terrible.  I had to go fishing!

I visited a local pond where I hoped to flyfish for Bluegills.  With the recent cold weather, and this day's rain, sun, and warmer temps...its hard to predict how the fish are going to react.  I hoped they liked the warmth, and it seemed like they did.

I ended up landing at least 15 Bluegills in 2 hours of fishing.  The bigger surprise was that I also landed 8 Crappies, and lost a couple others!  Now...I know there are crappies in this pond, I catch a few every year. But they are fairly rare.  I would guess that most years I don't catch 8 crappies TOTAL from this pond, so catching 8 in a couple hours this day was as amazing as it was unexpected!  They weren't real big...all probably 10" or less, but they were really healthy-looking, and fought well.

Most of the bluegills hit earlier in the evening, and were caught on a Brown "Rubberlegs" nymph with yellow legs.  The Crappies hit later in the evening, and were all caught on a red microjig with a chartreuse tail suspended under an indicator.

Other than the willing Bluegills and bonus more thing made the evening pretty special.  The sky.  It was absolutely beautiful and ever-changing all I kept snapping pictures of the sky in between catching fish.

And then later, my family and I went to see the movie "Thor" in the theatres.  When we got home, the moon was playing with the clouds, and it was pretty cool! Hopefully this GIF file works:


  1. Great day! Way to take advantage of those last chances at water that isn't solid. I can see it coming on the won't be too long .

    1. Exactly! Looks like ice-up may start as early as this coming Friday!

  2. Hi, Dave. Can't beat two hours on the pond when results are that good. Very nice evening of fishing. Good looking Bluegill and Crappie. I would enjoys two hours like that for sure.