First fishing trip of 2014

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  1. Shawn West

    Shawn West Active Member

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    I had planned on heading over to the Gorge on Saturday, but the wind had other plans. Fortunately for me, the wind gods decided to cut me a break on Sunday. I was on the water around 10:15. The water temperature was 54 degrees, and there was a slight chop. I decided to tie a Polar Fibre Clouser to my type 6 sinking line.

    I was working the Clouser very slow. I was casting the fly towards the shore and fishing it towards deeper water. It was not long before my line felt heavy. At first I thought my fly was wedging itself in between two boulders. I set the hook and was rewarded with a fat 13" smallmouth bass. I cast flies for about another 90 minutes before I got my next, and last, bite. This fish was slightly larger than the first. It weighed 2 pounds.

    The wind started to pick up. I decided to call it a day. After seven months of no fishing, I considered this a very good day. I can only hope I get to spend a lot more time on the water in 2014. A couple of the new flies I tied in the off season show some promise. More on that subject after I get some feedback from the fish.

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    First bass of 2014.

    Regards

    Shawn
     
  2. Rob Allen

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    nice fish Shawn with water temps in the 50's start looking for big females in the backwaters..
     
  3. Shawn West

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    Rob...we should try to hit the Gorge together one of these days. I have always regretted not going on any of your outings when we were members of CSF. I usually get my largest smallies in early spring. It should not be too long before they turn on.

    Regards

    Shawn
     
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    Good start to the season Shawn.
     
  5. Nick Clayton

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    Nice work. I really wish I was more familiar with the small amount of bass fishing in my area. I could see myself having fun with them.
     

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