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Old 05-01-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Third Time's a Charm

Today's my birthday. 63. Still in good shape but it's an age where you wonder how many more pond seasons you have in you. So of course I took the day off and went fishing.

I hiked in to a pond UpstateDave and I fished recently. It just seemed the sort of place that could have treated us better. The day was perfect, the kind where people at work will scratch their heads wondering why I took this of all days off.

The pond was still and fogged in, rain stopped falling just as I got there. I tied on a purple leech and a small nymph as a dropper. It only took three casts to bring a solid, feisty 13" fish to the net.

I fished around the shelves bordering a deep hole and had steady action for hours. All the fish were pretty and chunky, 15" or so but not the brookies I was looking for.

Using shameless skullduggery I located another hole. This was late in the day, near quitting time. A big fish rose near the edge, leaving a toilet flush ring. A quick few strokes with the fins put me in casting range. Strip, strip, WHAM! This one had some moxie, could strip off line at will and horse me around. The hook pulled free. Several casts later his brother did the same thing.

The phone rang. It was Glen. First call ever answered in a float tube. "Clip off the second fly, Grasshopper", he instructed. I did. Several casts later and a real beauty was in the net. This will bloat Glen's ego to the point he won't be able to get in his front door.

Really quitting time, I'd promised to be home for dinner. Another solid take and we're off to the races again. Another good fish in the net.

Time to pack up and leave, just as it was gettin' good. Ah, well. There will be others and now I know a few more secrets about this pond.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more pond seasons.

That pond looks somewhat familiar? But I know your not giving away any secret holes.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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Hey Happy Birthday VT!! Glad you spent it the best way any flyfisher would love to. Excellant action all day!! Guess you can`t complain, the weather cooperated and so did the char. But, why do you guys always start out catching fish that to me would be trophies and they always seem to start getting bigger and bigger as the day goes on!! Tough breaking bruisers off right at the take out time and then Glen saved the day with his last minute phone call ,w/out his advice you may just had gone home wishing you could have seen one of those bruisers. Congratulations on "your" complete day!!

WB

ps.. Hopefully you finalized the day with a Single Malt Scotch Whiskey tumbler or two!! And reminisced about the days events! Hope you have many more outings in the future!
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
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Happy Birthday VT. Once again beautiful brookies. I could not think of a better way to spend a B-Day.

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Old 05-02-2014, 02:53 AM   #5
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Wonderful story. Wonderful fish.
Happy Birthday vt.

Seems like... as those fish grow bigger, you grow younger.
It's obvious, you are fishing in the fountain of youth.



i guess Ponce de Leon didn't have a purple leech.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:50 AM   #6
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Great story! Great fish! Take more days off!
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:22 AM   #7
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Thank you for sharing your Birthday outing. Great fish. Happy Birthday.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:47 AM   #8
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Today's my birthday. 63. Still in good shape but it's an age where you wonder how many more pond seasons you have in you. So of course I took the day off and went fishing.

I hiked in to a pond UpstateDave and I fished recently. It just seemed the sort of place that could have treated us better. The day was perfect, the kind where people at work will scratch their heads wondering why I took this of all days off.

The pond was still and fogged in, rain stopped falling just as I got there. I tied on a purple leech and a small nymph as a dropper. It only took three casts to bring a solid, feisty 13" fish to the net.

I fished around the shelves bordering a deep hole and had steady action for hours. All the fish were pretty and chunky, 15" or so but not the brookies I was looking for.

Using shameless skullduggery I located another hole. This was late in the day, near quitting time. A big fish rose near the edge, leaving a toilet flush ring. A quick few strokes with the fins put me in casting range. Strip, strip, WHAM! This one had some moxie, could strip off line at will and horse me around. The hook pulled free. Several casts later his brother did the same thing.

The phone rang. It was Glen. First call ever answered in a float tube. "Clip off the second fly, Grasshopper", he instructed. I did. Several casts later and a real beauty was in the net. This will bloat Glen's ego to the point he won't be able to get in his front door.

Really quitting time, I'd promised to be home for dinner. Another solid take and we're off to the races again. Another good fish in the net.

Time to pack up and leave, just as it was gettin' good. Ah, well. There will be others and now I know a few more secrets about this pond.

Grasshopper.....you have taken the first step to enlightenment.

Happy Birthday Bro. Can't wait to wet a line. Hawks Vittles on the way!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:44 AM   #9
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nicely done VT. happy birthday!
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #10
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Happy Birthday VTFF. From what I have seen you still have many more years of pond fishing in you. Then after that you can have the boys carry the heavy weight for you.

I'm glad that pond turned on. Lots of potential there.

I took my RV down to the Delaware today - so it will be the week after next before I get back to the Brookie ponds. Hendricksons were showing a bit this afternoon, but the fish did not respond. Water temp is still 47 degrees. The saving factor was that I caught a nice 17" brown on my first cast of the season!! The bad news is that it was my only cast of the day!! Hopefully tomorrow and the rest of the week will be much better.

Keep the good reports coming.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:39 PM   #11
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Thats a good birthday right there!!!
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Beautiful fish
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