The theme for this Spring and the early part of the Summer has been rain!! I'm talking torrential downpour type rain that renders Rivers and Streams unfishable within a few short minutes. Needless to say it has put a big damper on our Musky fishing.
With that said I was able to get a day with so View more...The theme for this Spring and the early part of the Summer has been rain!! I'm talking torrential downpour type rain that renders Rivers and Streams unfishable within a few short minutes. Needless to say it has put a big damper on our Musky fishing.
With that said I was able to get a day with some good water conditions so I ran out to one of our Musky spots to give it a try. This particular body of water has a lot of brush, weeds and fallen trees in it so with flows on the low side I chose to use a top water fly and I knew exactly which one I was going to use. I have been waiting for months to try "Block Head" from Nightmare Musky Flies. I'm a huge fan of the Firetiger color so that is the color I would start with.
I began fishing a stretch that we have caught several fish from in the past. I slowly eased my way along the edge of the small river and targeted each and every likely ambush point with my "Block Head" fly. After advancing a hundred yards or so I came to a deep pocket of water that had some fallen trees scattered about. I targeted a brush pile on the opposite bank for my first cast and after a few seconds into my retrieve I noticed a long slender shape cruising upstream away from me. At first I thought I may have spooked the fish but I hurriedly stripped my fly back and cast it back into the area that I last saw the fish. I began to pop the "Block Head" back in my direction when all of the sudden, out of nowhere the fish viciously attacked the fly.
The fight was on and the close to 40" fish was not in the mood to get caught. But after a minute or so battle the fish was subdued and I had my 4th fish of the year and my 10th fish in my first 12 months of fishing for them on the fly. A few months ago I lost two big fish just before landing them so catching this fish brought a sense of relief and made me extremely happy. I took some quick pictures then I released the beautiful fish for someone else to catch and hopefully get the same enjoyment from. I fished for 2 more hours and I had 3 more follows from 2 different fish. What a great first day back on the Musky waters!