Seeing fly at dusk

#16
Try to find a size 18 Griffiths Gnat about 40 feet out on Skinny water. Damn near impossible. I even have better glasses. But my eyes are old. Glasses don't do much for them anymore.

Hell, I have trouble threading them eyes. But I stay at it until I get it done. What I did yesterday really sucks. I added some 6x tippet, I threaded my fly, tied my Davy knot to the eye and proceeded to cut off the end at the eye. I cut the tippet instead of the tag end.

After that I rolled up my line, put my rod in my truck and went home. That was it for the day.
Don't feel bad, Jim. I cut the leader also, on Wednesday. I was getting ready to go and I tied on some 6X tippet to the main leader.
Zip, two pieces and two tag ends on the main line.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#18
Went out today just for a look around at two small creeks. I stopped off at a spot where the water is behind a dam like structure. I was just looking and lo and behold there was some fish swimming around. So I said why not. Got myself a EB of about 12"

I got some pictures,but not of the fish. Just the hole the fish was in. 004.JPG

Edit: I tried to load two different pictures but got twp of the same one. Don't know what I did but I got rid of one of them. That is not a cement pond. It just looks like one.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#21
I don't know why I try to explain things to you all, I know what this is. Besides I'm fishing here in Montana. This is where there are fish in just about anyplace there is water running down hill.
 
#25
Not really. I'm through reporting on how I'm doing and where I'm fishing at. I've had enough shit from everybody.

I know where to have fun and from now on I'll keep it all to myself.
Jim if you stop giving reports I will never learn about fishing in Montana. I sure as heck don't have a lot of prospects of actually
getting there and wetting a line. Give me a break and brighten up
my day once in a while.
 
#26
Went out today just for a look around at two small creeks. I stopped off at a spot where the water is behind a dam like structure. I was just looking and lo and behold there was some fish swimming around. So I said why not. Got myself a EB of about 12"

I got some pictures,but not of the fish. Just the hole the fish was in. View attachment 17379
I used to take more pictures of fish. A few years ago, for each nice fish, I tried taking a picture of the fish and the lie where I caught the fish. I found that the pictures of the water were much more interesting and informative. Now, I take more pictures of water and streams than of fish, which all look pretty much the same.

So, Jim, I appreciate your picture; I can look at it and imagine catching the fish. I can't do that when I just see a picture of a fish!

D
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#27
Well maybe I'll relent. But This creek I went to is only about 20 minutes from my house here in Dillon. And here I've been going up into the hills about 60 miles from home to find solitude. I'm going back up there next week and taking my other toy with me. Many places to explore and can only get there with an ATV.

Plus I get to catch EBT that have some very nice colors. I wish I wasn't so fumble fingered so that I could take a few pictures of fish. But I don't think that is going to happen. I should have three arms with hands and then I would be able to do more than just release the fish.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#28
When one goes fishing and there is catching involved. One does get excited about it. When I fished in Washington I never caught the fish that I catch now. I feel that it's a privilege to have fun while one is fishing.

I don't have many years left to fish as the getting around is getting harder to do, so having fun is the thing. While I still have my health I'm going to do it as much as I can.
 
#29
I understand about that getting around part. Seems like all the good looking water requires a climb down a steep bank to get to it.

My steep bank climber ain't in such good shape.
 
#30
About seeing the fly at dusk, I find that getting my eyes as close to the water as I can helps. So does positioning myself so that I can use something in the background to give me some contrast to the water and/or fly.