Day 1: Scotty wades out on a gravel flat looking for carp. Scotty spots a fish. Scotty casts. Scotty sets the hook. Scotty tells me he has a small carp on the line. Turns out to be a 5 lb. smallmouth. Too bad the camera is in the boat.
Next, Scotty lands a 12 lb. carp. Luck!
Finally, I get the camera from the boat in time to take a picture of Scott's next carp, a 15 pounder:
I start asking Scotty where to fish, which flies to use, how to present the fly. I start looking back at Scotty every few minutes in order to see if he's doing anything differently. Is he standing in deeper water? Is he stripping the fly more quickly or slowly? What size hook is he using? What color are the dumbbells on his fly? Finally, I snap off a large carp on a San Juan worm. Scotty responds by hooking another big bass that jumps and throws the fly.
Surprisingly, Scotty is ready to go in for dinner by 4:30. His arm is sore.
Day 2: Scotty lands a 3 lb. smallie on the second cast on a Barr's Bouface he tied over the winter.
Should be a great day for me! Not so much.Next, Scotty lands a 3 1/4 lb. smallmouth on an olive Meat Whistle.
At noon we give up and head back home. I can't wait to get back out there to show those fish who's the boss!