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Notice there are TWO flies in this fish's mouth!!  One just wasn't enough for this guy...
Notice there are TWO flies in this fish's mouth!! One just wasn't enough for this guy...
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First one I was able to get in the boat after one popped off and two broke my line!
First one I was able to get in the boat after one popped off and two broke my line!
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Cooke Pond from the Pine Acres launch
Cooke Pond from the Pine Acres launch
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Looking "upstream" - the pond actually has appreciable current here
Looking "upstream" - the pond actually has appreciable current here
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Gotta throw in some wildflowers...daisy fleabane growing near the launch
Gotta throw in some wildflowers...daisy fleabane growing near the launch
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Brown drake patterns
Brown drake patterns
Jmd123June 9th, 2016, 11:16 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2411
Well, since blowing out my waders and boots I have decided to make a series of kayak assaults on my favorite stillwaters. Yesterday was {REDACTED] Pond, where the perch were hitting a #10 KBF and the brookies went nuts over the #10 cricket again. Tonight I went to Cooke Pond and waited until dark, then got to fish a full-on Brown Drake hatch as it was getting dark. I wish these insects hatched on my favorite trout waters, but hey, smallmouth like them just as well and responded enthusiastically to my extended-body patterns. Funny thing happened too, I broke off two fish because of a bad leader, which I promptly replaced with a fresh one, and my last fish of the night, a nice fat 17-incher, had two flies in his mouth! He was one of the two that broke me off and STILL couldn't resist my flies! And, he gave it back to me, generous fellow...my wrist started getting sore hanging on these bulldogs, had a few jump on me too which is always fun.

I will be going back there soon!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJune 10th, 2016, 7:01 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2574
Jonathon,

Love those smallmouth! Wow, if I had a choice between yellow perch and feisty smallmouth it would be the bass every time. Go to the perch pond when you want a meal and the bass pond when you want lots of strong action.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
AdirmanJune 11th, 2016, 11:41 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 490
Thers nothing like the pull of a smallie at the end of your line, pound for pound, best fighting freshwater fish. I love fishing for smallies when its too hot for Trout, usually go to the Delaware for my action. I find Smallmouth much easier to catch than Trout but VERY aggressive and hard fighting, lots of fun for sure!!

Congrats :)

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