When the morning broke, the sky was not very promising as dark clouds abounded. The water temperature was 53° and the air temperature, though promising to warm into the sixties, was a temperate 58°. There was a slight breeze but we were quite comfortable in the boat when we launched at 6 a.m. in our hunt for fish.
Today we went to Akers Pond in Errol, NH. Akers is a 276 acre body of water with lots of areas with stumps, logs, large rocks, flats, vegetation and overhanging trees. Hiding within the depths of the water you will find Smallmouth Bass, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Pickerel and Perch. Our task today was to find and catch trout.
A task I might add that we did quite well. We each had our Ultralight fishing rods with 4 lb. test and I also had a fly fishing rod that I wanted to play with. It has been a very long time since I have tried to fly fish and I wanted to see if this type of fishing is something I might want to get back into.
The rainbows were feisty and felt larger that life on the light equipment we were using. At one time, we even had two in the net at the same time. Rainbows may be spectacular when they appear in the sky, but I think I prefer mine in the water, which is where every trout we caught today remains for someone else to catch another day.
It seemed as though the fish knew we meant them no harm today as once we laid hands on them, they calmed down. My brother even appeared to be the fish whisperer when he had a brief conversation with this fish. Fish: ok dude, you caught me, now put me back.
Always bring a camera and remember, good company + good fishing = great memories
Tight lines, the Amateur Angler
Great adventure! Love the details! It’s like I’m there fishing with you!
Rainbow trout. Always a lot of fun. And you caught a nice mess of them! Did you get any on your fly rod? Do you think you’ll want to do that some more? I love catching the fish on a fly rod, it’s just such a great experience! You feel the fish fight right through the thick fly line, and the big bend in the supply fly rod, springing back and forth, is just so much fun.
One of the largest fish I ever caught was a rainbow in California, and that was on a fly rod. Fishing a LaFontaine deep sparkle pupae. To be honest, I was letting the fly sit while I considered my next cast, then, BAM! Fish on!
I wish your bother, “The Fish Whisperer,” had been there with me to let me know what that rainbow had to say about the experience!
This was before digital cameras, so I never got a photo. Now, as you suggest, I always have a camera. Technically 2: a small digital and my iPhone!
Thanks for sharing! I’m going to be doing some bass fishing the next few days. Hope the water has warmed up a bit!
Roger, The Smiling BassHole
Thanks for the comment Roger and yes, I did catch a couple of bows on the fly rod. As you say, it was tremendous fun though I admit I was a little rusty and out of practice. Good luck with the Bass. I look forward to hearing about your trip.
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Thanks! I went this morning and got plenty of bites!
To bad they were all bug bites.
I’m trying a “new” spot tomorrow. So maybe will have more luck!
Roger, The Smiling BassHole