FlyFishing for Blue Gill in a Canoe.
It was a cool, overcast afternoon. I decide to get my latest undertaking, (an aquaponic system) up and running. Everything was a go, besides the main component, blue gill. My canoe, and my 11’, 3wt fly rod in hand, I load a minnow bucket, and head for the dark, fertile water of a local farm pond.
The first plan is a good one, wet fly technique, with a size 12 muddler daddy as a top dropper, and a bottom dropper of a bead headed soft hackle. I boat one small perch, it is a good start. I spotted a bull frog sunning its dark green body under a cedar tree. It must be about fourteen inches long with his legs streatched out, this will be fun! I am pretty close when I spot the frog, I don’t know if he has seen me yet. So I place a cast about eighteen inches in front of his head, and about a foot pst him. As I retrieve the fly, it hangs on a piece of grass. This is a good thing, as it brings the fly out of the water, and makes it look like a bug trying to climb the grass. I slowly make my fly do just this, then the hungry frog lunges, and consumes the fly. A small hook set is pleny for this big guy, and the fight is on! Bull frogs are notorious for two things: One, get hung up in any debris tha they can find, (he did). Two, try to pull the fly out of its mouth with his hands. I have seen both of these tricks many times, and know what to do. I changed my fighting angle with my small craft, getting it closer, so I can keep up pressure on the frog, then grabbing the line, I hoisted the frog out of the moss that he dove for immediately. Success! I pulled the frog out of the water. I pulled the muddler daddy out of his mouth, and admired my efforts, holding the frog upside-down, so he would not move. That’s enough of this abuse big guy, let’s let you go! I put him in the open palms of my hands, turned him over, and watched as he shot off like a rocket to his home. “That is enough Bull-Froogery” I said, “back to task!”
I decide to change my fly to a small yellow grasshopper, and catch the remaining five blue gills to complete the set for my aquaponics system, that I plan on growing lotus plants, and ghost peppers in. Check out the video above of this whole experience.
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