I have decided to fish my two handers as much as possible in hopes of tuning up for a trip to the lower Potomac later this month. (stay tuned). Saturday was spent knocking the rust off of my two handed cast (that is actually an insult to the rust!) and I definitely spent more time "casting" rather than "fishing". Toward the end I was putting it together and I felt much better as I left the river to open up the shop.
Sunday saw my son, Tyler and I on the river at around 4:00. The conditions could not have been better. The air temp was perfect. The water level and clarity were perfect, and the two handed cast was working. Tyler was armed with his favorite 6wt single hander and we decided to fish the same fly, something I NEVER do when fishing with 2 people. This was to be the initial test for the "Mr Collins Rubber Legged Weenie" and I wanted to give it an honest shot.
The effectiveness of the fly was clear from the start as Tyler landed 3 Smallies within the first 10 minutes, including one with some kind of defect (see picture below). We fished together for about 45 minutes then we split up and Tyler went about 200 yards down stream. I continued fishing the run I was in and picked off a few fish. My phone rang and it was Tyler. The first thing he said is "I feel sick!" Well it turns out junior got to tussle with his first 18" class fish and it gave him a very quick education...better luck next time dude. He did manage to land a solid fish of about 16". We met up again in our favorite spot and fished till dark. All in all I guess we landed 15 or so Smallmouth between the 2 of us. I would say the test for the new fly was a success. It was just a great night to be on the water.
We should have good Smallmouth action for several more weeks, and don't forget, fall trout stocking is right around the corner. This is truly one of the best times of the year.