Float Tube Flyfishing for Crappie
April 29, 1996
Water Temperature 58 degrees
Air Temperature 70 degrees
Farm Pond - Willamette Valley Oregon
My visit to this pond was actually a Plan B. I had already driven half an hour from home to a favorite 3-acre farm pond where good-sized bass and bluegill were sometimes on the bite this early in the year. When I arrived, one of the farmer's children was fishing and as a matter of courtesy, I invoked Plan B and left without getting out of my van.
After fifteen minutes of driving, I slid along a muddy road and pulled up to another private farm pond, this one is about 6 acres in size. It was not promising...the pond was very high, off color (visibility 18"), and relatively cold. I carried a 9' for a six wt. and an 8' for a four armed with a small yellow popper and #12 black nymph, respectively. Each had a floating line and eight foot 5x leader.
As it often turns out, even dismal conditions won't necessarily put fish down. And so I had good fishing. But, as soon as the sun was off the water, the bite stopped. Go figure.
Vista of mustard blooming along the road. (35k)
View of the pond. (43k)
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Fish were scattered along this bank. (42k)
A fat crappie comes to hand. (39k)
The bite was on! (48k)
Another nice 13" fish. (44k)
One of the last fish of the day. (45k)
Getting ready to take out. (39k)
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