Warmwater Fly Fishing Is Warming Up

Hadn't checked the neighborhood ponds in about a month, so I snuck out for an hour or so on Sunday. Happy to report the fish seem to be waking up from their winter slumber.

Saw quite a few large bass cruising the shallows and tons of active panfish. Was fortunate to bring about a dozen to hand as I quickly circled the pond's perimeter.

Florida Retention Pond Bluegill Fly Fishing

The bigger ones appear to be on the move too. I had a really nice sized largemouth come up to smash a fly on the fall...but it got me hung up in the dense weeds lining the bank. I had to break it off, I was using a tenkara rod and I didn't want to horse the fish out of the thick tangle of vegetation.

Here's a pic of a little one though...you know...just zoom in to get a similar effect.
Sight fishing these dinks was actually a blast, each racing up to slam the fly as soon as it hit the water.

Tenkara Fly Fishing Kebari Bass

I think now that the temperatures are on the rise, it's time to venture outside the neighborhood ponds and try to find some legit largemouth action.


  1. Looks like fun. I won't see action like that until May. How are the water levels?

    1. In the ponds, water's low. We haven't had a lot of rain yet, but that should come shortly...

  2. One of the benefits of southern living ;-) You know what we are dealing with in New England now....

    1. Yeah, sorry about that Dean... I'm not going to lie, as much as I miss the trout, I don't miss the snow, ice, or frigid wind chills.

  3. And dont count out some bigger bass. ponds that size, which also produce copperheads like that will have a feeder base of bass. Most will be smaller, but there are always some bigger ones lurking behind the rocket basslets.
    are there any fresh ilets to the ponds?

  4. I do believe it's time. Happy Bluegill & Bass hunting.

  5. Michael, somehow this post got past me without me noticing. So I am just catching up here. Damn, now you have gone and fired me up. Come on Colorado ponds you can do it..............................


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