I had a darn good day today. I left the kayak at the house and drove to a favorite wading area on the Stillwater. The flow was a little more elevated than what I usually wade this area at, but not dangerous. Water temp was 43 at noon.
I started out with 2 goals. I wanted to catch a bass, and retrieve a Lucky Craft Pointer that I'd left hanging in an overhanging branch last Fall. I spied the Pointer hanging from the branch as soon as I got to the target area, but it was hanging over an area I expected to catch a smallie from......so....first things first. It took a little longer than I anticipated, but I managed to catch the 17"er pictured below about 15-20 minutes in. This pool is fed by a minor riffle that turns into a 4-5' deep run along a rocky bank. The bass hit a jerkbait fished towards the back of the pool where the current slacks off a bit. Another dozen casts yielded nothing so I went after the Pointer in the tree. It really turned out to be a lot easier than I feared. I used my spinning rod to reach the branch and just shook it until the Pointer dropped off. Then I used the rod tip to guide the bait close enough that I could grab it.
Since that hole was pretty much trashed, I waded upstream a ways to see if the bass had moved up that far yet. In a word.....no. A 1.5 mile round trip upstream and back didn't yield a single bite. I returned to the first pool and managed 2 more smallies...a 14 on a jig and a 13 on a jerkbait....and called it a day.