The two fly rods I planned to use this afternoon had been left in the vehicle my wife took so what did I decide to do – move firewood in preparation for this winter’s load. It seems to be wrong to be moving firewood in the middle of summer but that’s what happens when you don’t keep your fishing gear together.
I did manage to get out later in the day, hitting one of my favourite close by spots on the Rideau River around 6 pm. It was still warm but for some reason I decided against wet wading and donned the chest waders. Breathable maybe – but not enough. The warm air temperature and higher than expected water levels meant for warm work in search of suitable fish habitat.
Because of the high water, my planned route downstream was not possible so I elected to go upstream instead (not that there were any other choices). This typically meant smaller fish but they would be mostly smallmouth bass. Sure enough, once I managed to wade across to the far shore, the bass started hitting small streamers. And true to form, they were the smaller sized bass.
After a while playing with willing small fry, I decided to work my what up towards the small dam a few hundred metres upstream. The pool below the dam holds a variety of fish. I had never caught much of size (other than a snagged carp) but thought it was worth the effort working my way upstream. Remember the chest waders and warm temperatures? The effort to move upstream through the moving water was greater than expected and by the time I made it to the pool, I was dripping in sweat. Should have gone with wet wading since I was wet anyways.
Almost immediately there were fish willing to take my fly. It was particularly effective to cast into the foam line that moved across the pool. It seemed almost every cast into the foam line produced a hit or a fish. Many were blue gills and suprisingly, a crappie which was not expected in this location at this time of year.
Although I hadn’t caught many bass here in the past, this evening was different. Most were small but one decent sized bass decided to check out the larger streamer I put on in an effort to get deeper into the pool.