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20 May 2005
Smallmouth on a spey
After a long day of soil sampling research plots, B and I decided to visit a nearby warm water river for some evening catch-and-release smallmouth fly fishing.

smallmouth bass

The river was a tad high and stained for late May, but the water looked very inviting for our purpose. Lots of bugs on the water, but no obvious surface feeding. I broke out my 12'6" spey rod since this river is quite broad and a good place for such tactics - and I haven't used it in awhile. B used her favorite 6 wt. We both chose to go with a sink tip and a streamer. Before too long, B hooked into a very nice smallie with her black deer hair bugger. Demonstrating my ability to copy others' success, I switched from a light colored marabou streamer to a dark leech pattern and subsequently caught a 16" beauty - my only fish of the evening. B caught 2 or 3 more before we called it a night at about 9:30.

Late evening daylight is one of the best parts about living in Michigan...

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