A humbling experience . . . - Fly Fishing Forum
Warmwater flyfishing Bass, pike and even muskies in your backyard

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-26-2003, 08:37 AM
Quentin's Avatar
Quentin Quentin is offline
_
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Berkshire County, MA
Posts: 1,520
Red face A humbling experience . . .

I was at the river the other day and saw fish rising everywhere. They were mostly rock bass and sunfish, maybe a few crappie and other species mixed in. They were eating some sort of fly and would not hit anything I threw at them. Rock bass and sunnies will generally hit anything you put in front of them, but these fish were completely ignoring my offerings. I've never seen them being so selective. How embarrassing!

Q
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-26-2003, 08:40 AM
Dble Haul's Avatar
Dble Haul Dble Haul is offline
Fly chucker
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New England
Posts: 3,674
How deep was the water that the fish were rising in?
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-26-2003, 12:27 PM
Quentin's Avatar
Quentin Quentin is offline
_
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Berkshire County, MA
Posts: 1,520
They were rising all over in water from 6 inches to about 4ft deep. There was one current seam that held a large concentration of fish. It was at the edge of the deep spot right near where I was fishing, and I could stand there and watch the fish picking the flies off the surface. I did catch a few fish in other parts of the river where the hatch wasn't as heavy.

Q
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 05-26-2003, 08:39 PM
Dble Haul's Avatar
Dble Haul Dble Haul is offline
Fly chucker
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New England
Posts: 3,674
Interesting...I only ask because I wondered if there was any spawning activity in with the feeding. Sometimes these species will show short binges of feeding followed by prolonged abstinence (from food that is ).
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-27-2003, 09:01 AM
John Desjardins John Desjardins is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Central MA
Posts: 1,839
Curious experience. Presentation problems maybe?
__________________
John Desjardins
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 05-27-2003, 08:20 PM
Quentin's Avatar
Quentin Quentin is offline
_
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Berkshire County, MA
Posts: 1,520
Quote:
Originally posted by John Desjardins
Curious experience. Presentation problems maybe?
Definitely! I didn't have any dry flies that were the right size and color, and I'm sure I wasn't getting a natural drift or action. Usually that doesn't really matter with rock bass and sunfish. I was just surprised that they were so fussy since I've never had that happen before.

Q
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-30-2003, 01:27 AM
fishheadfred fishheadfred is offline
"chicks dig scars"
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: central kentucky
Posts: 123
Same thing happened to me

Q,

i have seen this situation year after year on one of my favortie streams....and from my experience, i must concur with Mark....panfish, bluegill and rockies in particular, will spawn in the smaller streams before anythign else does, ( at least here in KY). the spawn beds become frenzied with indiscriminate predation just befroe the actual spawn. Cold fronts will shut them down like a switch being thrown, but as soon as the weather breaks, they are at it again, then nothing...nothing for about a week, the feeding starts again..a friend of mine who is a state biologist said that the binges the fish go on are usually short lived and are to help the fish continue the spawn process or to recupe from a mid spawn that was adversely affected by major weather patterns, flooding, or other envrionmental impacts..he says theses changes may be so sublte that we don't notice, but the fish do...so the logic he offers is that the fish were refueling for something and that they had honed in on a readily supply of food and become tunnelled vision and only feed on what is abundant to quickly fuel up and get back to business of procreating...just an idea, hell, maybe they were just picky that day!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Classic experience North Island The Quintessential Trout 3 06-08-2004 10:42 AM
Watermaster (sponsor) experience Philster Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 0 10-29-2003 03:05 PM
Fly Fishing Experience pmflyfisher Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 151 05-11-2003 12:43 AM
I had a bad experience this weekend Steelheader69 Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 15 05-17-2002 05:42 PM
2001 and first salt experience trutta Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 16 01-04-2001 08:48 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:55 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)