Evan and I took the short drive up to Sherman TX a few Sunday’s ago to fish a small lake a friend of mine recommended. We loaded up and hit 75 north before sunrise and arrived at the lake a little after 6am. Fall weather was in the air as temperatures were steady in the upper 50’s all morning. A chilly but welcoming change. The high for the day didn’t break 80. A dense fog dominated the lake early on, making it very difficult to see. Winds were calm for most of the day.
The F10 transport from Tacoma bed to the water’s edge was easy. A tad heavy but the transport cart definitely came in handy. Glad I bought it. Once settled, we quickly started fishing the tall weedlines with poppers. I was throwing my 6 wt Loop. One of the main reasons I chose the Frontier 10 was for its stability and ease of fly fishing while standing. Normally, I would throw my first cast seated but not today. I confidently stood and fly fished the entire day. I haven’t mastered walking around yet but that will come with time.
I didn’t mind the slow morning top water bite. This trip for me was more about getting comfortable with the new kayak. Understanding what works, what doesn’t, what accessories do I need, which ones I don’t. I changed up popper colors ever so often. Black, then yellow, then green. Didn’t help, but again I didn’t mind. Evan and I managed only a few small ones each. Once the sun surfaced, I switched over to a #6 brown and yellow ozark wooly bugger. Nothing of any size but I did hook up on the first cast.
The bite never really picked up and since the fish weren’t cooperating, we spent the rest of the morning goofing off, paddling around and taking photos. We fished until 11am or so. Check out Evan’s clever fly rod holder for his car. It’s attached via magnets, as Jesse Pinkman would endorse.
Our fishing day wasn’t over by any means. Evan is fortunate enough to have access to an exclusive low pressure pond that sits within a million dollar housing community. We took the short 5 minute drive over there after packing up. Five minutes in, we were on fish. Not bass but bream…big ones. Odds are the first fish you ever caught was a bluegill. Most anglers started their love for fishing targeting this scrappy, piranha-like fighting fish. I know I did. Abundant in just about any body of water, they do kind of get lost in the shuffle of Texas fishing with all the other species we’re fortunate enough to have at our disposal. But pound for pound, ounce for ounce, they probably fight as hard as any other species of fish. Plus, they can save the day when nothing else is biting.
I am not a bluegill expert and recently learned of the variety of bluegill species that swim in our Texas waters. Red ear sunfish, long ear sunfish, red breast sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, hybrid sunfish – the list can go on. These scrappy fish are found mostly shallow, ranging anywhere from 2 to 10 feet of water. If the water is clear enough, you may find hundreds together.
A one, two, three, or four weight fly rod with a floating line; a 7 foot leader with a 3X or 4X tippet; and a popper is the way to go with a fly rod on most days. If the bream are ignoring your top water presentations, then other flies like mayfly patterns, spider patterns, or slow sinking flies like non-beadhead wooly buggers are also good on most days.
This had to be one of my most enjoyable fishing outings in a while. Fall weather, new kayak, clear water, big bream and great company – you can’t beat that. In the end, this provided the exclamation point I was searching for on the new kayak. The Frontier 10 performed perfectly in all aspects. It’s a solid boat and well suited for my fly fishing addiction. Thanks for reading.