May 6, 2011
Petroleum Products Sans Lube - The Pinch
It seems like years ago when Owl sent me a few of his hand tied flies. The patterns were foreign but one in particular screamed bluegill - the Orange Stinger. Tonight I finally got a chance to try them and fulfill my duty to Owl Jones - sorry it took so long but every year we experience something known as winter.
I met up with Mark, of Intro to the Outdoors. I brought my new 3wt with the expressed intent of seeing the bend a five inch fish could give it. Casting a 3wt takes different skills than an 8wt, but I'm getting the hang of it. Mark is getting the hang of it too.
The last time I filled my truck it cost almost ninety dollars. You would think a petroleum product would have better lubricating properties, but all I feel is pain. The goal for this trip was to scope out a local pond for post-work fun. It is only six miles from home and has the standard bluegill/bass/crappie mix.
I am looking forward to fishing here some more this summer, as the water warms I should have no trouble keeping the Hoopty Noodle bent as long as I can keep a supply of Orange Stingers at hand. If you would like Orange Stingers for your gills, get a hold of Owl here. I'm sure he'll be happy to help and tell you an oddly riveting but loosely constructed story about fried food and barbeque.
Some of these fish really had a chip on their shoulder, I'm going to love the Hoopty and this new water.