Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Chef, Dec 21, 2010.
#1 - Get a stripping basket or an apron.
Congrats on the day!
Like Micro Brew says, get a stripping apron. If your boat does not have one, get one made for it. If that is not an immediate option, make one. Go buy a mesh laundry bag and find a way to stretch it out so that it sits over your lap and forward of your knees. Use this as your line management work surface and keep your line away from your fins, oars and all the other stuff that it can stick to or hang up on. Same will ring true for when you add the rod holders. That is a great place to catch your line, get it wrapped up and cause a missed fish or damaged line. Think sleek, smooth and out of the way of your fly line.
When do we get to read your next report and see a close up of that fly. I'm a believer that flies that cause a light bulb to come on when catching a fish (my dumb ass learns something) or brings a species first or largest to hand, well those flies get retired somewhere.
Chef, I'm truly jealous, not about the fish, but the enthusiasm for the fish. I can only somewhat remember that level of excitement over one fish. Now I tend to think of the first fish as a relief, "Thank God I didn't get skunked!", rather than a, "OH YEAH".
Do not lose that feeling! Congrats and I'll pray that you will never be plagued with consistent 20 plus fish days that jade your experience and even if that does happen I'll hope that you never lose the one fish excitement.
I am in that weird stage of "I have no idea what I am doing" stage of learning. Still so much to learn.
Just going out there on the water and getting away from work is a success for me. I have always been too busy to do stuff for me and my sanity. Now.... I will make time.
Just my opinion, but I never use a stripping apron or basket with my pontoon. I don't want anything in front of me. I do remember some frustration during my early days in my pontoon boat. It seems that my line would find a way to wrap around any possible obstruction: the foot pegs, my legs, the oar locks, you name it. As I have gained more experience and comfort with fishing from my pontoon, I find myself wrapped up less (and frustrated with it less too). Some of that is because more of the control of my pontoon is automatic, meaning I can focus more of my attention on the rod and line. Windy days, as you described, are always a problem.
I agree Chef, your enthusiasm is great to read!!
chef, i feel your pain with not having the stripping basket. last week i forgot to bring my stripping basket for my float tube at pass lake, what a freaking nightmare. at one point i had to have my buddy kick over and untangle my line from around my fins and legs because im not flexible enough to untangle it.
iagree. I don't troll anymore, so I don't even wear fins. The more you use your toon the more you will get used to the little things. After about five minutes in the cool water, the pontoons usually lose enough air to slip the butt of my rod under the rear strap(reel up) of a pontoon. Good rod holder for changing flies and stuff, but wouldn't recommend doing this while trolling.
I didn't know the toons lost air when they hit cold water. I kepy cursing myself thinking I didn't fill the darn toons all the way again. Lol
Congrats on the Pass Lake bow. Let me know when and if you're fishing Lone next week. Maybe we can meet up.
Congrats on the great report and nice fish pic I agree with the others that I would love a closer look at that fly very inspirational post for me as I am still very new to the sport! Lone and pass lakes are on my list to fish, but have not been able to get out there just yet. Keep up the good work and tell us all about it
Will R. Everett, WA.
They don't actually "lose" air. The air inside the bladder contracts as it gets cooler just as it expands when it gets warmer. I don't use a pump. Instead I have a 24" tube attached to the adapter and give a lung full when need. Comes in handy if your 'toon ever does actually develop a slow leak or something.
Chef, that is a great fish and a great fly on that lake. That is the lake that i love to fish, i used to get out there like 3 or 4 times a week when i lived over on that side of the mountains, now that i'm back at school i miss it! I've fished a fly like that many times at pass and its a great one in the winter, i've also put a small gold bead on it and that seems to help as well, i don't know what the heck the bead does for the fish but they seem to love it! also for the control of the boat just like people said fins are a must i figured that out after a couple trips, you can get some cheap ones at wholesale sports in burlington they're like 29 bucks or something like that!
Fors I wonder where you had ran off to