Sunday, March 4, 2018
Pictured: a 1492 1/2 China-made Medalist reel. I've carried this little 1" wide gem around for a bit looking for a good use. It's a right-hand only wind and is plenty of reel for any trout I'm likely to hook this summer in these waters.
Cue the dock scene from Jaws where the chief says "there are no other sharks like that one in these waters." Always trust a lubber to know the disposition of local waters. Just sayin'
Anyway, I've been looking for a special use of this little beastie.
I've spooled it with just over 40 yards of backing and 100 feet of 20 lb level running line. I've left space to hold a 225 grain OPST head, a 10' floating tip, and leader should I be pressed and need to roll it all onto the reel in haste.
I've a several rods in the 3 wt though fast 5wt which could hold this little OPST style set-up.
I'm visiting rivers this spring where wading access is poor and where the ability to "reach-out" to holding ground requires zero backcast. Thus the OPST heads.
Otherwise, I love the Wulff TT lines.
"Right tool for the right job."
I'm happy to put this little reel back into a use it deserves.
I've some great rainy-day streams to visit.
It's not quite spring and that's the agony here.
Some stoneflies are hatching. Saw a few yesterday on a hint from Bill Phillips. Thanks Bill!
Streams are high and chocolate. They're not as blown-out as last weekend but definitely bank-to-bank and fast with 7" of very sloppy snow from Thursday (fell in about 6 hours) on the melt.
Next weekend I swing some large rootbeer colored flies for early smallmouth in the Huron.
Al Ritt will be at the Beer Grotto Monday night tying socially. We tie different flies but he's a fun fellow to hear talk. That'll get me excited for spring, too. I'm only 100 flies behind where I want to be. That's not bad.
I'm tying mostly double-hackled and palmered bodied flies right now that are best described as loch flies. I'm giving trout something larger in profile this spring and we'll see how it goes. I've been corrupted in part with the thought of fishing larger flies throughout the water column.
I always have a page of sparse soft-hackled flies in my box so if my plans fall to naught ...
I received a fly vest full of accouterments from the widow of a buddy who passed last fall. It was full of the sort of impulse buys that go unused or forgotten over most of a career. I've got it hanging in my library. I did take the armored stream thermometer.
I'll think of Dean every time I check the water. It'll help my fishing log.