Upon arrival, Greg and I could see that the pond appeared to be muddy and stained from a distance. I was worried about fishing it, so I walked down to check it out. This is the sight that I was met with:
The water was definitely up, muddy and covered with pine needles and leaves. Needless to say, I was not pleased. After a quick discussion, Greg and I decided to give it a try. We figured why not given the warm sun and beautiful weather we were having. I strung up the Cabela's CGR 7'6" 7/8 and headed down to the pond. As a side note, I have been using the CGR 7/8 for a while now and I love it. I have been pairing it with a Waterworks-Lamson Konic II reel spooled with RIO Products Smallmouth 7wt line. I like to use braided leaders and Scientific Anglers Freshwater tippet in various sizes when I am chasing largemouth. This is just my setup and what I enjoy using at this point. Anyways, we headed down to the pond and started slinging some bugs. I chose a size 10 black masked bugger. I enjoy tying these flies and they seem to be loved by the fish. For those interested, you can find tying instructions for them here.
The fishing was slow going with a lot of pine needles and leaves being dragged in with the fly. In an effort to get a good strip without carrying along debris, I would try and pick out lanes of traffic that I could strip the fly through. This seemed to work in eliminating some of the debris but not totally. Regardless, after a while the stars aligned and I was able to connect with a fish. Immediately, I knew it was a good one. The line went taught and within seconds the fish went airborne. The fight was on. The largemouth would jump another three times and make several attempts to hide in various submerged logs before I was able to land it. While not particularly long in length, it made up for it in girth. It was clearly a fish that was packing on the pounds in an effort to weather the coming winter season.
Given my initial success, we decided to stay around and fish a while. Several hours later, I managed to land another small bass. That was it. Two fish in three and a half hours. I guess it could have been worse...I could have been Greg. He didn't catch a thing all day. For me though, it was a great time. I got out of the house, enjoyed some gorgeous weather and the company of a good friend. I can't ask for more than that.