I flyfished a local public pond with a buddy on Saturday afternoon from 1pm-5.30pm. This is rarely an ideal time to fish, but it was a time I had available, so I didn't squander the opportunity. I'm not sure, but I believe the air temp was in the low 90's F. There was a bit of a breeze, which helped.
Fishing wasn't great. Bass and Hybrid Sunfish were chasing young-of-the-year shad, but were extremely picky when presented with a variety of fly patterns. I caught some bass, hybrids, and a bluegill, but it was slow, tough going.
Believe it or not...the highlight of the trip was catching a big Black Bullhead on a fly! I've caught a few bullheads on flies in the past, but none this big. This one was guarding a depression in the muddy shallows. I don't know if there were eggs there or not, but it was definitely guarding it. I dropped the fly in that depression (lets call it a nest?) several times, and the fish would turn and inpect it, then return to its favorite guard post at the edge of the nest. About the 5th time I dropped the fly there, it turned and appeared to have taken the fly, but I wasn't totally sure. I set the hook, and sure enough it had it in its mouth! I would have guessed that fish to be @ 10" long in the water....so I was very surprised at how big it truly was when I lifted it from the water. 15"!! Huge mouth on it!
The fly I was using was a black-bodied Bow River Bugger. I had put it on because I had seen some baby bullheads in the shallows next to shore. At one point, I reached down and grabbed a handful of them, then opened my hand and let them swim away again.