Remember that post I wrote about my lucky fishing hat a few months ago? Well it's MIA. I looked high, I looked low, and I just couldn't find it. May need to get a hold of John Rambo to go retrieve it. It will surely turn up (likely in the bottom of Lilly's toy box), but yesterday morning it posed quite a dilemma as I hadn't gone fishing in a month and didn't want to suffer the skunk due to improper headwear. I mean Dumbo couldn't fly without his feather...or could he...?
So to compensate, I grabbed an old random Mossy Oak hat for the noggin, but tossed on my new Arizona Wanderings tee (from the blog of the same name) in hopes I would bring some luck. Ben doesn't ever seem to have bad days on the water, and it had to work for me...at least until my new Orvis Trout Bum hat & tee arrive in the mail...
|When there's a "AZW Spotting" contest, consider this the first entry...grrrr...|
The first part of the morning I decided to fish some tenkara...well, because that's what I do. The Sakura rods long gone and returned to their master, I fished my Tenkara USA Iwana with a black foam ant indicator fly and a red beadhead prince nymph drifting below. Yeah, I know...no kebaris...but I don't always roll old school. Evidently neither do the trout, as I was able to pick off a few browns below the white covered bridge and well as a few more upstream drifting the flies near rootballs.
After fishing tenkara for about 2 or 3 hours, I went back to the Forester, collapsed the Iwana, and grabbed the "big boy" fly rod, aka my Redington Classic Trout 3-wt. Despite the rumors, I actually do fish with a reel sometimes. I was sent a furled leader by Nick from FoulHook to field test in early May, and I felt bad about not getting it wet to date.
I like the way the leader behaved, even did the "get caught in a tree, pull too hard, and the whole thing collapses in a jumble" test, and it passed without flaw, untangling itself quickly & easily. Even after that minor misahp, the trout were still in a cooperative mood.
Action like that made the walk back to the car to head home for lunch quite enjoyable. Even allowed some time to take in the surroundings.
|...and flower pictures.|
In the end, was a very fun morning of fishing; asking for anything more would have been greedy.