As hard as I tried I just couldn't find anyone willing to make a midweek trip back down to the White River for a couple days of floating this last week. I seriously contemplated going anyway but the wife wasn't really on board (not that it ever stopped me before!) and the cost of camping , shuttles and petro to get there seems alot more reasonable when you've got someone to share the burden with you. Regardless of the body of water or species involved I had no intentions of letting my time off go by without picking up a flyrod at least a time or two.
With the extreme heat and drought we're currently experiencing here around home my options have become somewhat limited recently , with surface temps in the mid 90's most species are searching out deeper water and becoming alot less active for sure.
I still ventured out on Thursday and headed to the local reservoir in search of willing fish roaming the flats.
It didn't take long to see that I'd made a good choice , while the carp were surprisingly absent, I found good numbers of drum (Poor Mans Permit) cruising around with a healthy appetite. These guys have become one of my favorite species to chase on the fly , no really , I mean that in all honesty. They're readily available , they get BIG , they like to roam shallow flats looking to crush their next meal and best of all they'll put a curve in your flyrod that us trout weenies don't get to see very often (unless I'm trying to dislodge my fly from a tree branch across the river!). I ended up making a total of three short trips during my weekend to chase these guys and caught my largest to date , just over 30 inches and caught more poundage of fish than I have in a long time. Say what you want about "trash fish" and all but I was pretty stoked with the results. While they may be a hoot to catch I realize they're not much to look at and most folks just don't get excited about drum. That being said...here's a few pics anyway!
The second part of the report is from one of my favorite little evening fishing holes. I was lucky enough to spend Friday evening and Sunday afternoon playing around with the big gills and crappie that call this place home. A few beers were drank and fish were caught....not much else to say. Heres a few pics from those outings as well.
Hope you enjoy......