On Monday 09/24/2012 I decided to head out to the Monocacy for a quick fishing trip. I hadn't planned to fish at all that day. Melissa kept telling me to go but I didn't think I should. I have orders to fill and crap to do around the house. Finally I broke down. I had walked outside and it was absolutely gorgoues out. The temp was 70 degrees, the sun was out and shining, the sky was that color blue that reminds one of a painting and there was a slight breeze. Normally by this time of year, I have turned my attention to the trout but something told me to head to the river and chase the smallies. I am glad I listened to my inner voice. Still fishing with the 6wt, I managed to land 19 long ears, 5 smallies, 1 bluegill, 1 red eyed rock and 1 fall fish. All of them were on the Clouser in size 10 but all in various color combos. The two most popular color combos seemed to be white/gray and chartreuse/yellow though. Great times for sure.
A couple of quick thoughts from the outing though:
while low and clear, the water was fast
smoking a cigar while fishing is great...getting the cigar and your leader/tippet together isn't
rock fish bit hard, put up a hard fight and often refuse to surrender your fly
you need to tie up more Clousers as they were the bomb