zug bugs and plain 'ole wooly buggers like these were the flies of choice. i tie many different flies of varying complexities but when it comes to the files that go on the end of my line, the simpler the better. i just love to fish classic simple patterns that have been catching fish for decades and are tied using materials that have been around even longer than that.
one day i fished the newest member of my rod collection (family, sickness, addiction, whatever) a sage 390-4 one. stiff and fast and, to me, perhaps closer to a true 4wt. than an actual 3. this rod is super smooth, deadly accurate, and generates some wicked line speed with ease. what a laser cannon that thing is!
no problem being "johnny on the spot" with this rod on any fish that surfaced in a ninety foot radius.
the next time out i went to the complete opposite end of the fly rod spectrum and fished a bamboo four weight that my buddy dean built a while back. the northwest fall was in full force that day and it rained the entire time i was out on the lake. if you are not willing to fish in rain, then the northwest is not for you.
though i have had this rod for quite a while now and have caught many a peacock bass and red devil with it, this was the first time i used it trout fishing... finally doing what the rod was intended to do.
...and it did it well. casting and fishing this rod is simply pure joy.
there are still a number of lakes around that remain open all year round and you can be sure i will be exploring those in the coming months. for the lakes i have fished so far this year, i'll be seeing you next spring for more good times.
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