I took a sigh of relief when the sunrise woke me up today instead of wind howling and rain pattering. Things were looking up. At 6 AM my sister Becky arrived at camp and we took off in the canoe in perfect conditions for fly fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake Winnipesaukee.
When popping for smallies I prefer my 6-weight Winston and a WF6F line. Today I was using one of Scientific Anglers new SBT fly lines and found that it powers the wind resistant fly where it needs to go. The key to the actual popping is not to move the fly too fast. I let the ripples formed by each pop completely disappear between pops. It’s this hesitation that drives all bass crazy.
Last year Becky and I went out on nearly the exact conditions. The difference however it was ten days later in June and the water was much warmer. The smallies were aggressive and we landed nine incredible fish. Today, although not nearly as fast and furious due to the colder water, we each landed two including this beautiful fish by Becky.
We went to a black crappie lake on the outskirts of Wolfeboro this afternoon on foot. Although the crappie didn’t cooperate I managed to catch another painted turtle to the delight of Granny. But the highlight was by far this three foot long common water snake that politely posed for the camera.