Fished with Sam this morning trying for some walleye, but they wouldn’t cooperate. We beat the skunk with a snagged baby carp each. I counted mine as a catch, especially since it was only my second carp ever! It was a cute little dude, swam away just fine.
Headed back to the creek for the last hour of sunlight today, and once again caught a bunch of fish! I caught a seven or so bluegill on a few different soft hackle flies, but couldn’t find any of the bass I knew were there. Fog rose up from the water, which I think means the water was warmer than the air. I love fishing in fog, although as the sun set it made it pretty difficult to see anything.
For some reason, I tied on a foam beetle dry fly  I tied a few weeks ago. It seems the conventional wisdom is “terrestrials” are only for afternoons in the summer, when insects might be blown onto the water to become a quick meal for some fish. Seems like after dark in the middle of December, when it’s very unlikely any ants or beetles are alive- let alone crawling around the water- is a bad time to throw a beetle.
One on of the first few casts, I saw a largemouth bass come up, grab the beetle, and swim away with it. I was so surprised to blew the hookset and pulled the fly right out of the fish’s mouth. It was very exciting and satisfying. Bass taking topwater in December is pretty much the opposite of what the internet says they should be doing.
I did manage to catch three more bluegill on the little beetle, which doesn’t surprise me quite as much as the bass. I love bluegill. They don’t follow the rules; if they think it’s food, they’ll go for it, even if it makes no sense I appreciate that, because I like catching them.
Like many of my fishing trips, I learned that sometimes nobody told the fish what they’re supposed to do, and they can be caught in strange ways that don’t make any sense to us.

Bluegill on a beetle dry fly after dark in December? Yup.

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