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
10. 3:40pm (Goldfish)
11. 3:50 pm
12. 3:55 pm
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!