Shawn Rakes checked in with this great report
Dave & Kyle Johnson and I blew up my raft at Concord pond this afternoon for a couple hours to chase pickerel. We fished from around 2-4PM. It was cold and windy but we maneuvered the raft in some sheltered areas of the pond as best we could.
Dave caught a nice pickerel about 19.5" it weighed right at 3lbs on the boca grip (see attached picture). It was a great fish, deep bodied green and healthy. It was caught on a 5/0 - 8.5" pike style hollow fly that I tied (see attached photo). That seems like a big fly but the fish had the entire fly in his mouth, incredible. Dave also lost one at the boat that he had hooked and was cut off on another strike right before we left.
I had a really nice violent hit and a follow but did not manage to hook up. Kyle got a lot good casting practice and worked on his back cast a lot. Also, I must credit Kyle for taking some nice pictures with his phone.
We had a great time and I think we may have started our own tradition called "Chain Pickerel Friday". It was way better than shopping that is for sure!