Monday, August 28, 2023

August 27, 2023

 Lightly rained a good part of Saturday in StL.  Between that and the cooler temps, I hoped the fish would be active and hungry the next day.  Maybe if I was any good at flyfishing, I'd have caught more. 😁  

I only caught 12 fish...but 8 species. 

Here's some:

Freshwater Drum:

29" Shortnose Gar:

Common Carp:

Largemouth Bass:

A smaller Shortnose Gar:

Yellow Bullhead:

A spot-free Channel Catfish:

A Warmouth:

And some Bowfin:

Saw other stuff while fishing...eagles, hummingbirds, goldfinches, white herons, great blue herons, frogs, turtles, snakes, butterflies, flowers...a B-29 that flew over twice.

Monday, August 21, 2023

August 20, 20

Fished a new-to-me spot.  Caught 2 more fly rod species for 2023.... #77 and #78.
a 27" Walleye:

and a 37" Longnose Gar.  (This is gar species #4 for the year.  The last U.S. gar I need now is Alligator Gar.)

Also caught a couple Hybrid Sunfish:

It was a very hot day on Sunday.  It got to a point I couldn't continue to fish.  Other anglers left when I did for the same reason.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

August 10-13, 2023

 Spent several days in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas fishing with a buddy recently. He was more than kind enough to share his knowledge and experience with me to put me on some new fly rod species, and species I hadn't yet caught this year.

I caught 20 species during the trip, and my buddy also caught a couple VERY special fish...all on fly!  Here's some:

Shadow Bass:

Bleeding Shiners:

Striped Shiners:

Northern Studfish:

Smallmouth Bass:

Carmine Shiner:

Ozark Bass:

Longear Sunfish:

Rainbow Trout:

Brook Trout:



Freshwater Drum:

White Bass:

Skipjack Herring:


And the super-cool fish my buddy caught on fly were:
Flathead Catfish!  It already had a good-sized Freshwater Drum tail sticking out of its throat!

And a Bighead Buffalo!  It ate his bowfin fly!

The fish from this trip put me at 76 Species on Fly Rod for 2023, and my Fly Rod Life List at 110 species.