Friday, March 13, 2020

Fishing the JMC Ozone semi automatic fly reel



Well, it wasn't as hot this afternoon as yesterday.  No balmy seventy one degrees.
But the weather was well above sixty degrees and the fishing was good.


I decided to fish some old soft baits I picked up on Ebay a few years ago.  I really don't like using
these "wax worms" when the weather is warmer because Bluegills inhale them.  It is difficult for
me to remove these worms from the digestive tracts of fish without killing the fish.


Fortunately, there were no BGs around this afternoon.  Both the Golden Shiner and the almost nine inch Crappie took my soft bait.  It is hard to believe that it is still winter.  The forecasts call for temperatures above fifty degrees for the next seven days.  A few Koi were spotted hiding among the boulders lining the far shore line of an island.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

71 degrees Fahrenheit!



I decided to try fly fishing with a #12 articulated lech pattern this afternoon.  It is the dead of winter
here. There are no leaves on the trees.  With the exception of the air temperature, everything says it is
WINTER!

But the air temperature says it is 71F in Brooklyn.  That's right, seventy one degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon.  Normally, there is ice on the lake's surface and maybe a few inches of snow from the last winter storm.  However, so far, there has been less than five inches of snow in New York City this year.

A warm spell has been forecast for this week with temperatures staying above fifty degrees.  This is prime Crappie weather.  Cool weather and sunny days.

Friday, November 1, 2019

First carp of the afternoon


Unlike the month of September, carp have begun to be finicky.  Their behavior
has changed.  They do not eagerly feed on dried dog food.  Even corn doesn't work.


After five hours of fishing, I caught only two fish.  The one pictured above was taken on a dry fly
and rather than netting; I pulled it onto the boat ramp and took the picture


A friend netted my first carp.  This one was taken less than twenty feet from shore.  It slammed my fly but my fly line had tangled into a knot.  So in the middle of the first big run across the lake; I had to keep the fish hooked and take apart the knot that was stuck in my guide!  I got lucky and managed
to control the carp until my fingers pulled the knot apart.


Overpeck Creek County Park


It has been several years since my last visit to Overpeck Creek Park in Teaneck,
New Jersey.  There are carp and sunfish. But on this visit I couldn't even buy a fish.
I'm finding that fishing gets slow at this time of the year.  Overpeck is 157 acres large.




The first inhabitants of the area were Ashkineshacky Native Americans, who lived around Leonia. Approximately a thousand Native Americans had their seasonal activities, collecting shells for wampum and hosting their bath festivals in Overpeck Creek.[1]
In 1954, the president of the Bergen County Park Commission, A. Thornton Bishop, proposed a plan to build a county park. This park was originally planned to rival Central Park in New York City.[1]
In the 1950s, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park, and Teaneck donated municipal land for the development of the Overpeck County Park. During the 1970s, Teaneck's municipal government, under then-Mayor Eleanor Kieliszek, sold a 350-acre parcel of land to Bergen County, which was later incorporated into Overpeck County Park.[2]
Henry Hoebel Area was the first area to undergo development; the other areas remained undeveloped and were used as dumping sites for garbage and car tires until they posed environmental hazards to their surroundings. The park vicinity was notable being filled with solid waste. Ridgefield Park and Teaneck filed a lawsuit against Bergen County because the park land was not developed and used properly. The project began in 2003 and the expanded park opened in 2010.[3]
In 2002, the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and the Bergen County Parks Department began to establish a 46-acre (190,000 m2) environmental and cultural park as part of Overpeck Park.[1]

Saturday, October 26, 2019

No name 7' 6", 3 piece, 3/4 wt fiberglass fly rod



In a recent post, I mention that I had purchased an inexpensive fiberglass fly rod on eBay,
a few years ago.  The total cost for the rod was less than twenty dollars.


Well, I was able to locate it.  I fished with it in Prospect Park at the lake.
I matched it with the Spanish made Ghost, semi automatic fly reel and a five weight line.


The beauty of glass fly rods is their ability to work well while being "overlined and underlined".


Bloodworm flies


My three piece, 7'6" 3/4 weight No Name fiberglass fly rod.



Close up view of Ghost semi automatic fly reel.  It is very much like a Vivarelli semi automatic
fly reel, except for the drag system.


The rod handled the five weight line with ease.  Too bad I couldn't locate more fish!