time is one of my favorite times because the pan
fish are spawning and the fishing is great. Latta
Flynn Boyle is a pond we first discovered in 2001.
That first summer was enough to show us the fun
of that water. We caught enough large bluegills
that we visit it as often as possible. At Latta
Flynn Boyle the bluegill take almost anything
that is thrown at them. On any given summer night
it's not unlikely to hook into a dozen or so before
the sun goes down.
It was April 12th of 2002 when my wife and I
headed out for our first fishing trip of the summer
(yes, I know April is during the spring time).
I had to work that friday to help support my fishing
habit so we didn't get to the water until about
6:30pm. It had been in the high 70's for the day
but had started to cool of by the time we hit
the water. Crystal started off using a popper.
She determined quickly that it was much to large
for so early in the season. She had me switch
it up for her. Still to this day I don't understand
why a woman who will touch fish has me tie on
a new fly. I don't mind, it's just an observation
I've made. Shortly after changing to a smaller
red tailed popper she caught the first fish of
the new year. It was a medium sized bluegill.
She caught the second fish of the new year about15
minutes later. I was still trying to figure out
what to use. My purple body mohawk fly wasn't
working like I had hoped. I had figured that early
in the spring I would have to fish subsurface
in order to catch anything. I was wrong. Do you
need that in bold??? I WAS WRONG. I
quickly switched to a Silver Tailed Yellow Back
and fished him with great hopes. I got hits within
a few casts. I could see that the fish weren't
taking the fly by the mouth but merely brushing
up against it with their bodies. It's a little
harder to legally catch fish when they aren't
bitting. I remained patient and soon enough I
caught my first bluegill of the year. She was
a beauty. I kept that fly on for the rest of the
night. I ended up catching 3 bluegills when it
was all said and done. Crystal caught 2.
Author - MIKE
Date - 4/15/02