Cape Cod Report - 2nd half June
Returned from two weeks on Cape Cod; Chatham, Pleasant Bay, Brewster Flats beach fly fishing. I fished every day for twelve days straight June 16 to June 27. In that time I hooked 44 fish, landed 39 with the best being a 26 inch SB and some blues to 5 lbs in the mix. So, I mostly picked schoolie SB and had a few exciting blue fish blitzes. What amazed me was that for the most part I was alone when I caught all these fish. People were leaving when I was showing up and showing up when I was leaving or on the wrong side of it. Where did I catch all these fish? It doesn't matter...it's the ocean; the tide changes every six hours and moves up a half hour every time it does so it's different every day, the wind blows from a different direction and shifts all the time, the bait hatches or moves with the vagaries of the conditions so it just doesn't matter where I was or where I parked. They are all well known spots that can be found with a good road atlas and knowing from where the wind blows.
Is this an exciting report? It depends on your point of view. I didn't hook any fish sight casting pre se unless seeing birds diving is sight casting. I use all of my senses plus that little feeling of "this is it" or "it's over, time to leave". So, for those of you who insist that sight casting is the only reason to fish, this report sucks. It also sucks for those of you who must only catch large fish so that you can post a picture on SomethingFace and be a big hero. So, this isn't the kind of report that makes good magazine copy.
For two weeks I walked on some of the best beauty that the earth has to offer. I found small trinkets in the sand, got salt air in my lungs, saw some amazing sunrises and sunsets, chatted with some nice folks, had the wind push me off the beach, had the gnats eat me when there was no wind, dealt with the stench of a dead seal, had some attractive young ladies chat me up about the fishing and had the sea talk to me and tell me where the fish were. So, for me, that's a good time.
p.s. I don't need anyone from a defunct fly shop in CA telling me this is an awesome report.