Got a new Echo Solo 8'6" 4wt rod (& matching Echo Solo 4/5 reel) Saturday and had a nice warm day today.
They stocked the local lake with rainbow trout last Friday, so I decided to end work early today and test the new outfit. (One huge advantage of being self-employed)
The water was still very muddy from the recent rains, and the wind limited casting to short distance roll casts (up to about 30'), so I decided to cheat a bit and use flies with some scent attraction (#14 hook with a waxworm
) below a strike indicator.
Managed to catch a few 'gills, a nice crappie, and a few trout (10-12"). The new rod seems to do a very respectable job of roll casting, and lets the smaller fish still provide some fun. The 3wt glass rod is still my favorite for "panfish", but the longer 4wt is by far the best for those windy days like today.
Released all the 'gills & crappie, but the trout came home with me. They are stocked to attract people to fish and cannot live in the water temperatures of the shallow lake in the summer, so I figure I may as well enjoy a good meal or two.