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gatortransplant 09-16-2011 09:17 PM

Breaking in the new rod with a monster!
So I received my new Allen Xa 8wt and Alpha II reel. Line hasn't showed up yet so I spooled it with some Orvis Clearwater line on the cheap. I'm having to learn casting, presentations, and even what flies to use in what situations, but mostly I have just been working on my casting (I have been using a local creek loaded with cruising carp as a moving target range). Here is the first fish I caught on the rod, a real lunker indeed!
While I caught four of these guys using a slow hand-over-hand strip retrieve a la fishing for permit, I have not had much luck overall. I have also caught my first walleye ever on the new rod, but again, this tried the scales and measured probably a whopping 5" or so?
Somehow, despite the fact that I can't catch anything that wouldn't be used in some petty sleight-of-hand trick, I am really enjoying this! Now I just need to put a real bend in the rod!

mbphotos54 09-16-2011 10:25 PM

Re: Breaking in the new rod with a monster!
nice lil fish, one thing I really like about ff is you can catch alot of lil fish even if the big ones arent biting you can still have fun.

gatortransplant 09-16-2011 11:21 PM

Re: Breaking in the new rod with a monster!
Yeah, I don't think I have ever caught such tiny fish before! Now I'm just hoping I can get the bigger fish to bite too :D I'll let you know next time I'm in the Louisville area, I know I can get some of those Falls of the Ohio drum to crush some flies, but maybe we can do some fishing and find some bigger ones.

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