Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fly Fishing in Brooklyn
Caught a number of golden shiners this afternoon. I used a fiberglass fly rod and a Franco
Vivarelli fly reel but the key was a # 12 soft hackle fly. Golden Shiner have small mouths for their size and any hook larger than #12 is too big for their little mouths.
They seem to be most active in the spring and fall near the boat house in Prospect Park. I've developed a technique for keeping them on the hook when I'm fishing for them. I keep my rod tip down in the water until just my leader and tippet are outside of the rod tip.
If I rise the rod tip before the fly line is inside of the rod tip the shiners manage to slip themselves off the hook. I don't know why that happens but it does when I fish for them.
I also caught a few Bluegills on the same fly , an orange #12 soft Hackle.
A couple of small crappie too.
I moved around the area and caught many fish this afternoon using the same fly until it was frazzled
Springtime in the Lullwater area.