It is now mid September and as far as I understand we are entering one of the best times of the year to catch fish.
The scent of river I was exploring while I was in Maine this week, coupled with crisp air reminded me of many fall mornings spent float fishing on the Blackstone before work. Fishing was a new obsession then and I was happy to catch anything the river decided to give up on those mornings. More often then not it was good perch, regularly over a pound. I remember one particular morning when I unexpectedly hooked a 6 or 7lb pike on a Mepps Spinner. It was one of those “one last cast” things the kind that happen after a long morning without the slightest nibble. I even wasn’t sure how to get it out of the water but eventually I managed to jiggle the hook out of its toothy jaw. It was in this same spot that I saw my first carp ever. It was a mirror and it rolled about 10 feet from where I was. For a second I thought I was witnessing a human head emerge from the water face up. I remember my heart rate going up and getting chills. What if I accidentally hooked that bizarre thing?!?
While there was carp catching potential in Maine, I decided to go a different route and spend any fishing time I had exploring a nearby river. I followed the river from some well known trout runs up to the mouth where catching a striper or a sea run trout was not out of the question. While it all sounded great on paper, what I ended up finding was fallfish (I think they follow me around), small mouth bass and yellow perch. It would have been great to get into a striper or a trout but I wasn’t too bothered as the scenery and time away from daily life was more than enough for me. One of my favorite things was doing some “dapping” with a $9 bamboo dapping rod I picked up at a tackle shop that was closing down. It was the type of place that sells “dillies” and pickled shiners, a real gem of a place and I had to resist the urge to buy a ton of stuff. I ended up with a handful of Maine tied flies and the aforementioned rod. Anyway if you don’t know what dapping is, it’s basically a technique for presenting a fly. There is no reel on this rod and no casting involved. It is just a few sections of bamboo that fit together with a long length of line attached to the tip. Now I am by no means a fly fishing guy, I can barely cast a fly. Maybe that is what is so appealing about this method. The idea is to let the wind carry the fly and just let the fly sorta “dance” on the surface.
I’m not sure where I will spend my time this fall though I have some ideas. The weedy lake beckons me daily as I’m not really sure just how big the fish get in there and I’ve only fished a small portion of a few hundred acres. Whether you fish for trout, stripers or carp, I wish you some excellent fall fishing.