Went to the local lake this evening and a couple guys with spinning outfits were fishing two of my favorite locations. One is a very small inlet cove with plenty of weeds and some sunken timber.
I went to another location within sight of the two and proceeded to catch several nice bluegill while I was also able to watch the others fish.
I noticed the guy at the cove was covering it well (looked like he was using a buzz bait), but having no luck.
As soon as he left the other spin-fisher quickly headed for the cove and proceeded to cover it with casts (inline spinner or crank bait) but had no luck either.
When the second guy left I decided to give the cove a try. I walked over and cast across to the other shoreline and dropped my foam "Skip Morris Predator" within a foot of the edge of the weeds that break the surface. Let it lay for a minute, then gave it a slight twitch and it instantly disappeared in a swirl!
Not a big bass by any means, but it sure is fun to fool 'em with a fly after others have failed to get a strike with other tackle.
I've fished the lake with a fly rod for several years now, and other than my son I've never seen another person with a fly rod there. I think the flies have a real advantage when the fish have never seen one before. This lake is heavily fished, but I seldom fail to catch fish on a fly. I have noticed the areas I fish are usually popular for a few days after other people watch me hauling in (and releasing) fish after fish when I go. Someday they'll figure it out and I'll maybe I'll see someone else casting flies.