Thursday, April 26, 2012

4 Ponds in 2 Hours

After being sick for a few days I was able to get out and fish.

With 2 hours before I had to be home, and no place for sure in mind to end up, I took off to just look at an old favorite pond. It was unfortunately weeded up pretty good and not worth fishing. I ended up about a mile away at a new pond I found just a few days ago. I rarely "find" new ponds because of the few hundred ponds in the area I've seen most in person or at least on Google Maps. This one however was new to me. I got there and had low expectations from seeing it in person a few days ago. Lots of weeds in the water. I found a few open spots and didn't catch a thing, and worse yet, didn't see a thing...besides a turtle. I suspect this pond might be one of the few that actually don't have fish.

There she is
A pond like this, apparently fish-less gets me wondering how much work it would take to clean it up and make a habitat for bass and panfish to survive in. Maybe someday I'll find such a pond that I have enough desire to clean up and try to make a good place to fish....but for today it was on to the next pond.

After this pond, I stopped by another favorite pond I've been fishing for a few years. With the recent rains the pond was muddy and not as clear as it usually is. I fished for about 15 minutes and headed out.

A quick stop at the corner store for a drink and some Combos and I was off to a tiny puddle that I fished 6 or more years ago and caught nothing then either. Caught nothing there again today.

The final stop was at a pond that again I haven't fished for probably over 6 years. It sits at the back end of a housing development and is one of two ponds. Both ponds are much bigger than the one pictured above....probably 10 or 20 times bigger. Big enough that if you lived right there a kayak would be a useful tool for fishing. Houses line one side of both ponds and a nice overgrown grassy field about 200 feet wide separates the two bodies of water. The far side of the ponds has a small section of woods hiding the next set of houses. To live on this water would be a wonderful place to live. Large enough to kayak but small small enough to be a pond, with enough woods and birds to almost make you forget you live so close to the city.

It was great to get out and fish 4 places and see a 5th one. Next time I hope the water is warmer and the fish more ready to bite!

Next week on Wednesday May 2nd I'll be tying at the Upstate Fly Fishers meeting. The Upstate Fly Fishers meet at the Pittsford Rec Center (Spiegel Community Center), 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford. Meeting starts at 7pm. This is only my second meeting with the group, but I understand this one will have a few guys doing tying demos but traditionally they have something after the demos, like a guest speaker. I hope to see some of you there. I'll be showing my bass poppers and some articulated streamers. 

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