My favorite ponds are a series of three that impound a small stream nose-to tail with a 30 foot walk from one pond to the next. Those 30 feet may as well be miles because each pond fishes completely differently. This weekend I had a couple of hours here and there to give it a go. Only one of the three (call it Pond C) had anything going on. Pond C nearly always has something going on, for all the good it has done me. Nearly half of this pond is a shallow mud flat. The fish are numerous, very small and have no fear of man. For 8 months out of the year you find fish tailing there in 3" to 6" of water and you often get close enough to touch them with your rod tip.
Sounds easy right? Well, while fish in Pond A and B are butter, these fish are TOUGH. It is by far and away the most difficult of the three because these fish are doing something I think of as sleep-feeding. They just go about their business grazing through the muck with virtually no interest in whatever flies you might put in their way. It doesn't matter what fly and what presentation. Your fly may as well not exist. I have been fishing this pond for four years and everything in the arsenal has accounted for something on the order of 10 fish!
Well, the arsenal didn't have eggs in it. It isn't very glorious but they went nutso for the egg I recieved from Gregg in the fly-swap on a lob-drag and dead drop. I had more takes in 4 hours of fishing this weekend than I had all last year there. The takes were very very slow followed by an instant ejection and I couldn't figure out the timing until I got to see one suck it and eject it head on but after that it was absolute mayhem by Pond C standards.
I think I need a smaller egg for these fish but I have at least one solution for Pond C.
This unusually stout and healthy fellow took line. That is a first in this pond and earned him another first. An itty bitty hero-shot. Trout-palm style.
NOTE: Just realized today was Easter and I broke out the Eggs. Just a freaky coincidence, no truth to the rumor that the Easter Bunny took the photo.