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#486717 - 03/01/18 12:32 PM Fly rods are perfect for ponds.
chunting Offline

Registered: 12/27/15
Posts: 23
Loc: North Louisiana
During the past dozen years or so, I've primarily used the fly rod fishing ponds, from 0wt to 9wt. I hung the 0wt up because I couldn't learn to cast "dental floss." I use a 2wt and/or 4wt for general pond fishing when I'm just wanting to catch some fish. When pursuing largemouth a 7wt or 8wt is generally in hand. On occasion when I need to get in the heavy stuff with the potential of tangling with something substantial, I break out the old Sage Bass for "chucking and ducking."

One fine, fall day in the Low Country of SC, I caught six species in one pond with my 2wts. A Sage XP 286, six pound tippet and size 10 bead head Mohair leech pattern and/or a T&T HS 802. The Sage sports a newer model Lamson and the T&T an old Lamson LP 1. Most of the fish that day were on the T&T.

Since 1990, I've been fishing that pond once or twice a year. I normally catch largemouth, bluegill and black crappie. Sometimes I get a grass carp, red ear or chain pickerel. The planets had to be aligned that one, special day six species were tallied. Its days like that you live for.

My version of Mike's Mohair leech. I used white, black and olive during the day.

Bass - estimated 3 pounds +/-

Grass carp - estimated 7 pounds +/-

You can see the #10 leech hung in it's snout.

Chain pickerel

Bluegill - 10"

Black crappie

Red ear sunfish

#486724 - 03/01/18 03:19 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
Dam'dWaters Offline

Registered: 10/05/17
Posts: 101
Loc: Iowa
That is really cool. Thanks for sharing. I'm not a fly fisherman so I probably can't even fully appreciate your accomplishment.
J Waters
Dam'd Waters Farm
2/3 ac dam'd stream pond

#486726 - 03/01/18 04:06 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
RER Offline

Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1926
Loc: N FL
I tried that in my pond., I didn't catch any thing and my arm almost fell off......
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#486733 - 03/01/18 06:37 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
CMM Offline

Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 620
Loc: West Central MO

I am right there with you! I do 90% of my fishing with a fly rod. Never got 6 species in a day though, sweet.

So many think fly rods are only for trout, ah how much they are missing.

#486842 - 03/04/18 11:07 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
chunting Offline

Registered: 12/27/15
Posts: 23
Loc: North Louisiana
My first channel cat on a fly.

My largest pond fish, a 10.5# grass carp on a 4 wt and 6# tippet.

I really enjoy bass on the fly and a 7 wt outfit with a 13-16# tippet will handle bass from 5-10 lbs efficiently. I caught this 6.25 lb largemouth today on an 8 wt and 16# tippet with a 6 inch dragon tail streamer, tied on a #2 Gamakatsu B10S. The bass hit fairly close and in about four feet of water. The 8 wt easily handled her and she was released quickly after weighing with my 15# Boga.

And, one has to be prepared fishing with lighter tackle and flies, because large bass will eat something small when you least expect it. smile

#486845 - 03/05/18 08:54 AM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
FireIsHot Offline

Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3837
Loc: Emory TX
Very nice chunting. You mentioned the Sage XP 286, and my VXP 5# may be my favorite rod.

Is that a red Tricky Worm in the next to last LMB pic?

#486871 - 03/05/18 06:35 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
chunting Offline

Registered: 12/27/15
Posts: 23
Loc: North Louisiana
It's just a streamer with Mangums Dragon Tails and a little synthetic hackle. The Dragon Tail as it comes out of the package and a finished streamer.

#486874 - 03/05/18 07:56 PM Re: Fly rods are perfect for ponds. [Re: chunting]
snrub Offline

Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5098
Loc: SE Kansas
Nice chunting! wink

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