By Louis Cahill
This little fish is a big deal to me.
Here’s something I haven’t said in quite a while. I went fishing this weekend. That’s right, for the first time since my bonefish trip in June I picked up a fly rod and fished. It wasn’t anything to write your mother about. A buddy took me to his private pond and I sat on a boat for a couple of hours and caught crappy and a couple of bass. The one in the photo was easily the smallest but it was my first fish since my surgery and that makes him huge.
I had not verbalized it but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’m still very week and have no balance. My vision is a mess and hitting myself with the fly could have serious consequences. I was also simply out of practice. Fortunately, all the worry was for nothing. The hardest part was getting in and out of the boat but I stayed dry and I caught fish.
I do have quite a bit of work to do. My cast is pretty good, with a nice clean loop, out to about sixty feet. After that, it falls apart pretty quickly. I’m not spotting any fish, that’s for sure but my buddy Peter Crowe at Smith Optics is working on some glasses to get my left eye working at it’s best. That should make a big difference.
I feel bad writing so much about myself lately. Honestly, my world has been pretty small lately. There is some good stuff on the way though. In the mean time, I’ll give you a fishing tip for catching small crappy on cold windy days. Try a Woolly Bugger. They can’t resist it!Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com email@example.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!