I recently got some great tips regarding small stream/mountain trout fishing. As this is all new to me, I gladly welcome all advice I can get! We’ll get back to that in a minute.
Here is the last video I plan on doing for a while. I have a had a great few months here with my down time. But as things are about to get real crazy, I don’t anticipate getting too much fishing in, and anything I do will probably be short enough that I won’t record it.
Regardless, it has been fun experimenting with the camera on my new phone and my computer’s editing software. I hope you have enjoyed the videos as much as I have.
Here is “Bring on the Brookies” with Daniel Lemma on the tunes. This documents my summer solstice trip to Shenandoah National Park… Or maybe it was all a really nice dream… oh yeah! see if you can spot the trout as I look around the tree. he/she was a nice one I didn’t catch.
This is a summary of my trip yesterday to Shenandoah National Park to find mountain brookies and a preview to the video to come shortly.
Sara and I went out with Capt. Chris Newsome of Bay Fly Fishing to catch striped bass on the Chesapeake Bay. It was an awesome day. Sara’s first time fly fishing, and she caught the first 4 stripers.
Capt. Chris is not only a great guy, excellent teacher, and wonderful guide, but also extremely knowledgeable about The Bay ecosystem. He is a great advocate of the conservation of America’s largest estuary and this makes him a valuable asset to the area. I couldn’t think of a better way to get introduced to the bay’s fly fishing potential.
We had an amazing time! Enjoy the video! It is shaky in a few parts, but overall it turned out well. Unfortunately, it seems to have lost some quality while uploading. I’ll have to look into that.
Stripers Like Dominoes from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.
First of all, I’ve got one (maybe two) good fly fishing outings coming up. This Saturday, Sara and I are heading up the Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chris Newsome and Bay Fly Fishing for a day of education and hopefully stellar fishing. I’m hoping to have some fun stuff to share there.
Thank you to Montana fly company (again) for sending me a bunch of cool stuff. I participated in a rebranding focus group on Facebook (they give away free stuff each week if you “like” them) and they sent each participant a box of goodies. Free stuff is always fun. But quality free stuff is crazy awesome!
With a great sigh of relief, I can officially say, I have caught a salt water fish.
I started beneath the Shore Dr. Bridge and moved down the channel. I threw some split shots above a fancy modified wooly bugger, and pulled it across the bottom of a pool next to the channel for boats to drive through. And then it came, a delicate tug. I raised my arm, felt the tremor, and I pulled my line. The smooth scales of the sandy colored flounder eased out of the water. I took a few pictures (and accidental video) and let the fish swim away. Honestly, I’ve never felt a fish with such a soft body.
I stood up and laughed out loud. I guess out of happiness as well as relief. It just feels so good to catch a fish after searching so hard. I know I can catch a fish in a Minnesota lake. I am confident in that. Moving to such a foreign ecosystem pushed doubts of catching a fish into my mind, that were relieved by this small flounder. Thank you, Flounder.
One thing I have noticed, there is so much wild life to see, I saw tons of crabs: blue, hermit and ghost. The crabs and birds are usually alive, but many of the other amazing things I see, unfortunately are dead and washed up on shore.
Some of the beautiful but, unfortunately, dead things I have seen: horseshoe crabs, a spider crab, a gorgeous Diamondback Terrapin.
And just so we don’t end this post on a macabre note focussing on the dead, If you head over to Owl Jones’ Place and reply to his Friday Fish Sticks post that “Fish Sticks Rock!” he will send you a free Owl Jones decal. Not to shabby if you ask me.
Have a great weekend!
I tried to fish the closest waters today. I saw a bunch of schools of bait fish swarming the shallows and targeted those areas. Then I walked down the beach toward some rock jetties. I talked to a guy surf fishing and he said most fish are out past the sand bar. This is too deep for me to wade and to far for my flimsy 5wt to cast.
So add all of that together and what do you get? Skunked. No fear. That is part of the process. I am basically starting all over again. New species. New waters. I have to think about salinity and temperature. Migration and who knows what else.
This is when I seek out help. Off to the local bait shops. I just discovered another local fly fisher group. (“Like”) I should get that first fish shortly.
Today did give me the chance to play with the camera on my phone. Quite nice as long as you can hold it steady. Then I edited the video with the app Splice (free version). It kept quitting on me, but generally it was very easy and cool. I was even able to play guitar behind the movie for music. fun stuff:)
So no fish. Some blood. Pretty day.
Untitled from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.