ON THE LINE: Float fishing

After my first trip to Muir Lake, with my wife and dog, we decided to leave the dog at home for the second trip, although spending time with the two is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I knew there must be a way to catch the fish out of there. Off to the store I went, and what I saw next took my breath away. There was aisle after aisle of lures, spinners, spoons, plastics and jigs. I had no idea where to start.

So, with my mind spinning a million miles a minute, I left with nothing. I went back to my computer to see if I could put things into perspective, make things simple, and eliminate half of the aisle and narrow it down to a select few options.

I got very lucky in my research and discovered float fishing. If you don’t know what float fishing is, basically you get a bobber, preferably a slip bobber, and run about three to five feet of line off the end of it and then attach a fly. Yes, the same kind you use in fly fishing, but on your spinning rod. It’s a very simple way of fishing. I also wound lead tape around the bobber and used split shots to help me toss the bobber farther into the water, since we were fishing from shore. Then, just as the bobber is about to hit the water, I would flick the rod backwards, which tightens the line and causes the fly to pass the bobber, allowing it to separate. When all of the ripples were gone, I tugged again to ensure the bobber and fly are separate.

With my newfound knowledge, we headed to Muir Lake again, without the dog. There were two things I discovered on that trip: number one, no matter how prepared you are, the fish won’t always co-operate; and number two, while I sat there, looking at my bobber and my wife, I discovered that there is more to fishing than I knew before. But more about that later…

Until next week, keep your rod up.

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