- May 11, 2008
today 5-24-09 I was exploring the lower end of a york county wild brown stream, working my way downstream with a bugger. When I got to the mouth where the stream entered the susky there was a large deep hole. The water was crystal clear so you could see straight to the bottom even in 5' of water. As I stood gazing into the water an enormous fish, I'm guessing at least 24" slowly glided from the brown murky susky water into the clear apparantly attracted by my buggers last swing through the pool. I've been searching for a 20 + wild trout this year and thought this was my chance. Then I looked closer and realized the fish was a bass. I was still excited. So excited that I was stupid enough to not realized that the 6x tippet I was using for the 7" browns upstream couldn't possibly hold this beast. I cast 4' upstream and across from him, gave two short strips, and let the bugger hover directly in front of him. He shot upstream, stopped an inch from the fly, paused for two seconds, and slurped it in. I set the hook and my tippet broke imediately. I was so pissed I actually threw a bit of a tantrem jumping up and down and cursing. A speed boat cruised by slowly on the lake and I stopped. Then a miracle. As I stood there introvertly verbally abusing myself for making the same dumb mistake AGAIN for the hundredth time, the fish returned as if nothing ever happened. I had no more streamers of any sort. :-o So I tied on the largest, gaudiest, rubber legged stonefly nymph I had with me. I cast ahead of him again and he raced towards the nymph as soon as it hit the water. This time I made sure the line was thick and strong, this time he was mine. The bass fought hard and leapt several times. Oh, I forgot to mention that I was using a 5'8" 3wt.. It was amazing! Didn't have my net so I beached it so that half of its body was in and half out of the water. As I grabbed his lower lip to slide him further onto the shore, before I could snap a photo, he jumped violently and broke free from my grip and back into the water. I couldn't believe my luck. Lost the same fish twice in less than ten minutes. I wonder if that fish will still be around next time I return to that spot? Are bass territorial?