Hitting the Lake

August 5, 2011  |  Instruction, Reports, Trips  |  Share

Kyle on the casting deck

The spring and summer of 2011 have been my friend Kyle’s learning curve onto the fly fishing super-highway. Last month we headed out to Percy Priest for a little Tennessee-meets-Florida flats fishing. My main quarry on these trips is big carp that cruise around our hillbilly flats, and this trip offered us plenty of shots. There were a good number of solid fish cruising around, and as luck would have it, they were not eating. Ah, the old fishing trip instead of catching trip Adage… One thing you are guaranteed to catch on a fishing trip at some point is some humility, and we received our fair share on this particular outing.  The cruisers saw a number of different patterns from the casting deck, and turned them all away. All we were able to bring to the boat were some opportunistic and feisty bream.

As the sun began to dip below the treeline, the focus shifted to some good stands of cover along the banks and the resident largemouth that inhabit such haunts. With the stage set perfectly for Witching Hour fishing on the surface, Kyle managed to move two really nice bass and jump a third one. Again bream were the only customers we could convince to get boatside. All in all, another awesome day on the water with good people. I’m anxious to see the fish Kyle starts to land from here on out as his casting is improving with every outing.

Remember in the heat of the summer to turn your attention to the lakes and ponds of Middle Tennessee, or any region for that matter. Bass and bream are willing customers and will always take advantage of a well-placed popper, wooly bugger, or anything else that may represent the local terrestrials or baitfish. Stay cool out there and have a great time out on the water.

-Braton



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