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First of the evening, on a White Wulff
First of the evening, on a White Wulff
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Another fat one on a Brown Drake
Another fat one on a Brown Drake
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Hey, largemouth like mayflies too!!
Hey, largemouth like mayflies too!!
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Last and biggest of the night, on a #6 Hex pattern
Last and biggest of the night, on a #6 Hex pattern
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The flies that worked
The flies that worked
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Wildflowers, of course!  Poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
Wildflowers, of course! Poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is just starting to bloom
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is just starting to bloom
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Last but not least!  My daughter Jasmina was visiting last weekend, though she didn't go fishing with me...that's the mouth of the Au Sable in the background
Last but not least! My daughter Jasmina was visiting last weekend, though she didn't go fishing with me...that's the mouth of the Au Sable in the background
Jmd123June 24th, 2016, 1:50 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2492
With our nice stable weather and reasonably high temperatures, I figured the Hex was getting near. Yesterday as I was getting ready for a class field trip (bass pond at Clark's Marsh) I saw big mayflies on the steps of our local campus (Huron Shores). So I headed out to Cooke to do some dry fly fishing for those big, blocky smallmouth. About 5 minutes after getting out on the water a smallmouth hit, fought for about a minute, and threw the hook on a #2 all-chartreuse hairwing streamer fly. I moved slightly further downstream (it's more like a river than a lake in this location), having seen a few rises, and put on a #12 White Wulff, having seen some white mayflies that looked like Light Cahills. Missed the first strike, then boated two nice smallies, 17" and 15". By this point I started seeing a LOT of Brown Drakes floating past me and a LOT of feeding fish all around me, so on went a Brown Drake pattern in size 6 like last time...two more nice smallmouth, one of 18 1/2", and a largemouth of about 16", who was feeding very close to shore and jumped several times trying to throw the hook. Well, the mayflies just kept coming after it started to get dark, and they started looking more yellow than brown, so I switched to a Hex pattern in size 6 and got one more fish, a 19" smallie that is only 1/2" shy of my personal record. My wrist was getting sore holding on to these brutes!

Our summer hatch season has begun, and it can only get better from here on out! Too bad the big flies don't hatch on any of my local trout waters, but the Rifle gets a killer Light Cahill hatch that gets the water boiling pretty good!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
AdirmanJune 24th, 2016, 6:37 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 479
Nice! I love flyfishing for Bass in the Summer, nice fish, thanks for the pics :)
Kschaefer3June 24th, 2016, 6:51 pm
St. Paul, MN

Posts: 376
Wow! Nice fish! On the 3 wt, Jonathon?
Jmd123June 24th, 2016, 8:01 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2492
No, Kyle, I must admit that I used my 9' 5wt to reach out for more distance and to propel bigger streamers. Two years ago I managed to boat an 18-incher on the little 3, honestly now I don't know how I did that! (I even landed a 19.5" on it once...insane!) These guys just pulled like hell and I'm not sure little 3 would stand up to the strain...still not bad considering most folks go after bass with a 7 or 8 weight, and most folks wouldn't think of fishing mayflies for rising bass either! Gotta love smallies, hit dry flies just like trout and fight even harder.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJune 24th, 2016, 9:42 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2660
Awesome smallmouth on the dry fly. Congratulations. I'm envious!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanJune 27th, 2016, 8:13 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 339
Just got back from Arizona, love your pics, fish and wonderful daughter. My daughter and granddaughter flew out there with my wife and myself. Sort of a family reunion, and I must admit as I get older my family means so much more to me than anything. Hopefully I will be up fishing on Thursday.
Mike.
TimCatJune 27th, 2016, 8:57 pm
Alanson, MI

Posts: 121
Smallies on the surface rival any fish. My first experience with them on the fly was last year on the Huron River. I Was fishing sliders and streamers but I've never had a "match the hatch" experience. Nice
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
PaulRobertsJuly 3rd, 2016, 11:40 am
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Awesome fishing Jonathon! Congrats1

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