I got out on fishing on Saturday, November 4th. With the cool-down, I wasn't expecting much. I waited for the air temp to get above 40, and headed out the door for some local public ponds around 11am.
At Pond #1, I used a 4" Gamechanger fly for bass.
|Clearly my tying skills could use some help.... :)|
At Pond #2, I put on a shorter version of the same fly. Tied with the same materials, but total length of about 3.25", and with only ONE joint. For comparison, the typical Gamechanger often has 4-5 articulated sections/joints. This shorter version retained good action, while being much quicker/easier to tie, and lighter/easier to cast.
The bass loved it. I caught 8 bass in this pond. I saw one HUGE bass, but it didn't seem interested in eating at the moment.
At Pond #3, bass could often be seen chasing shad at the surface. I mainly stuck with the same fly, although I eventually lost the fly to a fish and had to try some other patterns. I caught 5-6 bass at this pond. 2 guys with baitcaster rods/reels and bass lures came down and fished for about an hour. They left without catching anything.
At Pond #4, I tried for crappies. One part of the pond can be really good for crappies when the wind is blowing into it. But today the wind was calm, so I wasn't expecting much. I ended up catching a bass, 2 bluegills, missed a fish that might have been a crappie, and then finally landed just one crappie. It measured 12.25".