Well today it happened, I caught my first fish of 2013. Though it was a mere thrilling 6-7" Shad, it works just fine for me. This is actually my first Shad on the fly. To be honest, I thought I just had some weeds on my line when stripping my line in. I caught this guy right before sunset today at Hammel woods in the great ole Dupage River. After I was done fighting for my life against this monstrous fish, it was time to head back to the jeep.
While I'm walking through the woods, I try to be as quiet as possible. Today it worked. I was able to sneak within recurve bow distance of this doe coming into a clearing. I was able to shoot it with my smartphone.
Then I snap a twig
I stood by the dear for a few moments before it dashed back into the woods. Shortly after, I was back at my jeep minus my forceps. They seem to have wandered off on today's adventure. Even though I am missing my forceps, it ended out a great trip. I caught my first fish of 2013 and it just happened to be a new species for me.