10-22-03 - Where do you night fish when you can't
night fish a WI Trib? Indiana (where I am cursed)!
Waters Fished: Little Calumet River
Fish Caught: 0 of the important kind ;)
Outing Date: 10-22-03
Weather: Night; brief sprinkles of rain
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: seems normal
Water Color: murky
Fish Species: Coho, Steelhead, BULLHEAD?
Pattern Fished:Flying Squirrel, Wolley Buggers in Chartreuse and
Glo-in-the-dark, MP's Coho Killer, MP's Dirty Bomb, bait (spawn,
Pattern Color: per respective patterns
Fishing Quality: The usual anytime MP shows up (skunked)
Ok, really quick 'cause I'm leaving in less than
24 hours to fish the Brule!
So it goes like this..last week I get this crazy
idea that since we can no longer night fly fish in WI, we should
try it in IN. I ask Bart if he's game, he is. I then think this
might be fun for more than just the two of us, so I shoot of an
email to Dave @ Creekside Outfitters and invite him along as well.
And a week later we end up meeting at Creekside
Outfitters and then heading out to the river! We're all trying
different things...well..I guess I am. CS and Dave threw the Flying
Bunny, a D.D. original. I opted to start with the chartruese wolley
bugger that worked so well back in Sept.
Early was better; Dave hooked up well on his second
or third hit with what we assume to be a tail-walking steelhead
(Coho just don't do that!). Unfortunately "Air Fish" as
FAT would say..the steelhead got the better of us.
Not to worry, we had also brought down our spinning
and centerpin rigs. Dave & Bart floated spawn, I was selected
to be the guinea pig with shrimp. After probably an hour of tedious
slow drifts I couldn't take it anymore and went back to the fly
with MP's Dirty Bomb.
Meanwhile FISH ON! Dave is excited, CS is excited,
I'm excited. Then they get it out as I'm getting ready to take the
picture...a BULLHEAD. From the looks of it a Brown or Yellow..the
picture doesn't really give any better indication. Well, at least
someone got something, right?
Around 10:30 we started packing up when I noticed
a lot of movement at the tail of a pool...I fished hard and the
guys were like "Come ON Matt..time to go". I'm thinkin
"NO WAY, there's an active FISH here". Well, my first
glimpse was quick and I swear it looked like a SHAD, but after closer
examination a Coho. Dave kinda laughed when he found out I was fishing
the Coho Killer; he explained why later.
So Dave has a good theory about the Flying Bunny,
ESPECIALLY when NIGHTFISHING for Steelhead. We all know steelhead
aren't as apt to night feed. Well, they're more likely to find their
quarry by vibrations; my wolley bugger just doesn't have that attractive
component. As fly fishermen we sometimes forget things like vibration,
scent and such, but remembering these components will make us better
anglers on the river. So, next time I'm nightfishing for steelies
on the fly rod I WILL be giving Dave's Flying Bunny a shot. He keeps
touting it and catches some flack for it on TSS, but the reality
is that he has a GOOD THEORY and the fly has really proven effective
for him. Did I happen to mention he was the ONLY ONE to SOLIDLY
hook up with fish, and that the only salmonid we saw on the end
of anyone's line took the FLYING BUNNY??
On the flipside Dave is also the one who's tried
hard to convince me that I can catch fish in Indiana...I'm still
thinking I'm cursed LOL! Maybe it's just that whole confidence thing
I keep talking about, and maybe my "head isn't in the game"
when I'm down there.
Nope, after serious consideration and replaying
all my times in Indiana, I'm convinced it's a curse.