I'm still around fishing and tying when I can fit in the time. Got geared up to do some steelhead fishing but the river blew out and the predicted weather called for 15-25 mph winds and heavy rain so I ditched that plan last minute and decided to do a little pike fishing instead before the nasty weather hit home.
Launched a driftboat with a friend on a perfect, spring morning at one of the few spots that wasn't still locked down with ice. There was just enough wind to slowly push the driftboat along the shallow flats as we fan casted the area trying to cover as much water as possible. Had a solid bump early on that sure felt like a fish but might have been a log or weeds even though the fly came back clean. It served to increase my focus on the presentation. It wasn't long before I actually hooked up with my fly about half way back to the boat. The fish made a series of short 5-10' bursts and took most of my loose flyline before I gained the upper hand and slowly worked the fish back to the boat. I was surprised by the size of the fish as it was the largest I've landed in the short time I've been chasing pike. Unfortunately the fish was hooked deeply and we both lost a little blood in the process. Hopefully the fish survived after a quick pic and release in the cold water.
I also got to try out a new Rio striper intermediate line which replaced a very worn out older version. It's a great feeling to cast a nice, slick line that doesn't tangle constantly. The bad news is I managed to step on it or get it caught on something over the course of the day, stripping off some of the coating of the running line. The core of the line seems solid still so I'll keep on fishing it.
I've been so busy and while sneaking in a little fishing and tying I haven't felt like writing here much. I want to thank everyone else for regularly updating their blogs with great reports, stories and flies. Won't be long and some better weather will be here along with a few stripers making life a little more interesting.