Tuesday, January 24, 2023

January 22, 2023

 Air temps below 40 degrees F.  Fish activity when I started fishing was NIL.  I'm not sure what turned it around, but it ended up being a pretty good day of flyfishing.  I ended up catching 27 Koi and 19 Goldfish in ~5 hours.

I had tied up microjigs with some new materials I had bought...UV Mottle Galaxy Mop Chenille, and Eggstacy chenille.  I used one fly tied with Cheese colored Galaxy Mop (no tail).  I caught a lot of fish on that, and it eventually fell apart.  Next, I used one tied with Candy Pink Eggstacy, with a white rabbit fur tail.  I caught a lot of fish on that too.

Here's some of the fish caught:

Koi:

This was the biggest Koi of the day.  I've caught this one a couple times before.







Goldfish:





Thursday, January 12, 2023

January 7, 2023

 Having caught Koi and Goldfish already, I tried to get some more species on the board for this year.  Cold day, but I managed to get 6 species while flyfishing, which I was happy with for early January!

I caught Rainbow Trout, White Crappies, Black Crappies, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Green Sunfish.




I also spotted a turtle just "chillin'" in the cold water near shore:




Wednesday, January 4, 2023

January 2, 2023

 Well... after the frigid "bomb cyclone" that iced over the local waters in late December, 2022, the follow-up was an unseasonable warm-up with high temps into the 60's.  Some waters still have ice, so I went with the Koi and Goldfish ponds again, since I knew they'd be largely open water.

I ended up catching 15 Koi and 5 Goldfish as my first fishes of 2023!

Koi:







Goldfish:



Sunday, January 1, 2023

December 31, 2022

 A week ago we had a deep-freeze 3-5 day span....at least one day the HIGH temperature was 7 degrees F.  Local waters were already starting to freeze over prior to that, but that knocked ice formation into high gear.  Did not think I'd get another shot at trying to reach 200 Koi caught in a single year on fly rod.  But the terrible cold was followed by some much nicer weather.  The ponds still had ice on them, but also still had some open water where there was current.  I hit it on the final day of the year.  (Now...disclaimer...this was NOT a goal until late in the year, when I felt like it was within striking distance.  I fished for a lot of other species, and other places, so I'm sure if I REALLY wanted to see how many Koi I could catch on the fly rod in one year, that number would look very different.  Last year I caught exactly 100 Koi on fly.  Just pushed the needle on the scale a bit further this year. 😁 )

Fishing started of REALLY SLOW.  Very few fish seen, not very active, all smaller fish, hanging a bit deeper in the water, nearly out-of-sight.  I needed 5 to reach 200.  My previous 2 trips yielded 3 Koi and 2 Koi.

I caught the first Koi of the day at 10:55 am.  Then, not another fish caught until over 3 hours later...2:04 pm!  But just before that, I saw a larger Koi swim by..first bigger one I'd seen all day.  Thought maybe that meant they might finally "turn on" and start eating.  I was right.

The next fishes came spaced out like this:

3. 2:08 pm

4. 2:11 pm

5. 2:14 pm

6. 2:15 pm

7. 2:43 pm

8. 2:48 pm

9. 3:12pm

10. 3:40pm (Goldfish)

11. 3:50 pm

12. 3:55 pm

13. 4:13pm

So, I ended up with 12 Koi and 1 Goldfish for the day.  That brought my 2022 totals for those species to 207 Koi, and 133 Goldfish!

That's also the most Goldfish I've caught in one year on the fly rod.  (Last year ended with 87 Goldfish.)

Most Koi caught in one day was 31 this year.  I fished for them 17 days....so the average per day is 207/17=12.2

Most Goldfish caught in one day was 20 (last year).  I fished for them 20 days this year, so the average per day is 133/20=6.7

On to the pictures!









Sunday, December 18, 2022

2022 Flyfishing Summary

 I feel 2022's fly fishing was pretty decent.  The big rivers (Mississippi and Missouri) and tributaries were for the most part really low for the Summer and Fall.  That was a big change from the really high water levels in some of the southern Missouri and northern Arkansas streams we wanted to fish in the Spring, but were unable to due to flooding.

I fished central Iowa ponds and NE Iowa streams with my buddy, Jay.

I fished southern MO, northern/central AR, and the St. Louis area with my buddy, Hamilton.

I fished a couple places with my brother, Steve, in the Spring as well!

I ended up catching 46 Species while flyfishing this year.

Of those, 5 were species I'd never caught before.  They were:

-Ozark Sculpin

-Chain Pickerel

-Knobfin Sculpin

-Largescale Stoneroller

-Bowfin

Hamilton had big hand in helping me get pretty much all of those.  Thanks HB!

I'm pretty excited about the Bowfin.  They've been on my bucket list for a long time, wasn't sure I'd ever get one.  Then finally got information on a couple places not too terribly far away where there are bowfin!

My first trip to one of those places did not yield any bowfin, but I saw plenty of them gulping air on the surface.  They were there! The next 8 trips yielded 45 bowfin landed on flies!  Along with my first one from Arkansas earlier in the year, that gave me 46 Bowfin in 2022.  Such a cool fish...really fun to catch!

I've now caught 83 species on flies.

I only kept track of numbers-caught of a few species.  I caught:

-40 Grass Carp (last year was 167)

-46 Bowfin

-207 Koi (last year was 100) (updated)

-133 Goldfish (last year was 87) (updated)

...and I believe I caught 12 Common Carp on flies this year.

Another highlight was fishing the Dally's Ozark Odyssey multi-species 2-day tournament. Two-person teams, and my partner was Hamilton.  After the first day, we were in 1st place!  We ended tied for 2nd place, but dropped to 3rd place based on the tiebreaker points.  Very fun event.  Hamilton had the strategy planned out very well!  We each won a new Nautilus fly reel!  And the swag bag was worth the price of the entry fee! 😍

Let's see....oh, I caught my Personal Best Shortnose Gar (26.5"), a new PB Longnose Gar (30.5"),  a new PB Redspotted Sunfish (6" or 6.5"?), and my biggest Bowfin so far is 24.5".

Below I'll add some of my favorite fish I caught in 2022.

Goldfish

Koi

Warmouth

Bowfin

Bowfin

Bowfin

Koi

Mirror Koi

Leather Koi

Koi

Mirror Koi

Leather Koi

Koi

Koi

Rainbow Trout

Koi

Koi

33" Grass Carp

26.5" Shortnose Gar

24" Bowfin

Grass Carp

Koi

26" Shortnose Gar

Redear Sunfish

BIG Goldfish

Longnose Gar (possible hybrid)

Rock Bass

Brown Trout

Smallmouth Bass

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Longear Sunfish

Redspotted Sunfish

Redspotted Sunfish

Koi

Grass Carp

Grass Pickerel

Knobfin Sculpin

Koi

Golden Shiners

Largescale Stoneroller

Ozark Sculpin