I was fishing my usual smallmouth holes on the Chagrin this weekend and not doing all that hot. A few fish around 12 or 13" and a few rock bass but the big boys just didn't want to play. This area is classic smallmouth habitat, very rocky runs and a few deeper holes.
Every time I fish this stretch I see a few carp cruising round in the rocky runs eating........something......... I alway make a few casts to them when I see them but they never give a second look at anything I present. I have a laundry list of thing they're not eating.
I've been reading what other fly guys are getting them on and mentioned were glow bugs (egg pattern) and larger buggy nymphs. I tie on a yellow unweighted egg pattern and try dead drifting that to the few I see at the bottom of this shallow run. No interest at all from the carp but had a 13" smallie blast it.
ok that's a first for me.
I see a few on the shallow edges rooting in the rocks and figure they have to be eating bugs or small crayfish. I've tried buggers and helgramites on these guys before and nothing. The only thing in the box I've not tried....a #8 big, ugly and poorly tied stone fly that I've never had a fish even think about taking. What the heck. I drop the first cast about a foot in front of a cruiser and he smashes it before it even hits the bottom. Fun fight with a 6wt and a 5lb tippet and after 5 minutes of back and forth I get this beauty, just under 25".
One of the most rewarding fish I've caught in long time and it's too bad I didn't have time to see if it was a fluke or my ridiculous stone fly pattern is the ticket. Maybe another day.