Back when I was baby-less, had a second income from the wife's employment and just didn't care as much; eating out for lunch was a daily occurrence. Well much of that has changed recently. Life has become more about saving money and being responsible and as a result, I no longer eat out for lunch. The one exception is Fridays as that is our sushi day.
As a result of not eating out, I have found this one-hour block of time to be a great chance to get some guilt free fishing in. My office is close to one of my favorite rivers, the Des Plaines River, and it just so happens to contain a good population of one of my favorite sport fish, the pike.
|Big Pike Flies|
Well, today I decided that it was time to start hitting that area with the fly rod since I am quickly becoming obsessed with it. So I grabbed the fly rod and tied on one of James O'Durbin's "Big Pike Flies".
When I first started casting this afternoon, my line was going everywhere but far. As the hour progressed, so did my casting. I realized that the less I move the tip of the rod, the farther the line shoots. Once I realized this, my forearm muscles started to burn a bit less, my line stopped falling into a big pile at my feet, and I actually made a nice loop! It was amazingly gratifying to see that line unroll and softly present that gigantic fly.
I also had another first - as I was stripping the big orange and white pike fly, I saw a big pike mouth open and take a swipe. Either he missed or I was way too late in reacting as I never got to feel him on the other end of the line, but it still made me excited to see this happen. It let me know that I was doing something right.
What I really like about the fly I was using today is its natural subsurface walk-the-dog action. It was perfect since jerk baits are the hot ticket right now on the river for pike.