The benefits of doing something like this are tremendous. For me setting a goal keeps me focused, and tying flies I wouldn't normally tie stretches my comfort zone and forces me to learn new techniques I may not learn otherwise. I would need to spend a fair amount of time on the river, which I did, and I have had the best river bass season I can remember. I tied four of each pattern so my warm water fly boxes are full and because I tied and fished flies I haven't used in the past I had to adapt fishing techniques that I don't normally use for Smallmouth.
All in all this was a great learning experience for me and I hope I can share some of what I have learned with all of you. Maybe some of you are looking for some inspiration or are looking for a new challenge. Stop in and lets talk about it.
This was my best fish of the project. I laid her against my rod then released her. I measured the mark on my rod when I got back to the shop and it was just over 19". Awesome fish!!!