Small Pond Fishing

There is a small pond just down the road from my house that is not much more than a long cast away. I have ignored this place for all of the years that I’ve lived here, until today. What a wee little gem it is. I didn’t realize until today that there is a constantly flowing cold spring that feeds the pond; making for a regular exchange and nice clear water. Yet the pond is chalk full of life. It is surrounded by successional growth heavy with alders on the shore and birch, maple, poplar and ash abound. This makes a back cast about impossible. The next time I will wade and cast to the weedy coves and just might coax a bass or pickerel to a fly.

The place is chalk full of sunfish, yellow perch and turtles (all the more reason for a 2 wt purchase)–and a big blue heron passed overhead. The same fella that haunts the wets behind my house.

Its a nice change to slow the river pace to a a small pond pace and act like a little kid smiling at panfish.

Of  all of the types of fishing and of all of the places that one can fish, there is none so suggesting of relaxation, than the small pond.

But those darn turtles sure do like to chase a caddis fly!

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~ by John McGranaghan on June 21, 2010.

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