Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More caddis

Took Jr. out last night to hit the caddis hatch in SE MN. About 30 pounds on my back for a few hours and miles and I'm sore today. I'm sans camera these days as the charger is lost and battery dead. Caddis were popping pretty good and the fish were responding to them and my offerings. No big fish on dries. The largest was probably 11 inches. I switched over to streamers and probed a couple of places I've taken big fish before. I got two fish that went about 14 inches or so and took them home to feed the family. My three-year old daughter goes nuts when I bring fish home, something primitive about it. All apologies to my fishing brethren who would have liked to have caught those two fish in the future. They are dead, but their nutrients and energy now reside in the bodies of two little kids and who knows what additional cosmic elements, which we cannot measure, now also live in the bodies of those kids.

On my camera is a photo (I think) of a short-nosed gar I caught last weekend (~30 inches) on a 5 inch long rope fly. I've been hitting the Black River exclusively for gar the last few weeks for 1-2 hours at a time. The carp are in the backwaters spawning. You can hear and see them from the house-some big-uns down there. One of these days I'll land a truly large gar (~4-5 feet) and capture it on camera. Until then, I'm not going to post much about gar fishing. -Just know that I'm out there, putting my time in, figuring them out little by little. There are some true beasts rolling around in the soft back eddy, presentation seems to be everything, it just takes one, it just takes one.....

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