Post by lipripper1983 on Jan 1, 2019 22:10:56 GMT -6
My daddy and I decided to fish Lake Welch just outside pittsburgh texas on January the 1st. The lake is a power plant lake, so the water temperature held steady on the colder side of the lake at 70 fahrenheit. I, of course, had my fly rod rigged up with a deceiver and a clouser ready to be tied on. Also at the ready was a baitcast rod and reel with a weedless swim jig tied on. We fished up and down the bank in a few coves. Action was sparse, but there were active largemouth here and there. My daddy got the first fish of the day. A dink. Maybe 3/4 lbs. fish at most. After about two hours with out any luck, we happened on a point exiting the cove and noticed some schooling fish. We trolled over and started throwing at the schooling fish. We fished this spot for about 30 minutes. My father caught several on a paddle tail fluke and I caught one and lost another on a deceiver. They were all small fish. Smaller than I'm used to. The fish we noticed were sitting on beds. Being a powerplant lake, bass spawn multiple times a year in these lakes. We fished for a few more hours with no luck, then my father pulled in a decent size fish. Maybe 2 pounds. It was late at this point so we decided to head in. Only got one small fish in the boat, but catching a large mouth on a fly is fun and I really enjoyed myself.
I intend to stock up on more baitfish patterns with longer tails and perhaps with articulation. I'm a fan of pat cohens patterns. I need to start tying bass bugs and streamers. I especially would catch a ton of large mouth on a big worm fly. But those are hard to come by it seems.
I’ve seen one that’s just doubled and twisted polar chenille until it turns into a giant San Juan worm. Haven’t gotten around to tying or fishing it, though— the venerable #6 clouser is my weapon of choice. But I do very little lake fishing for bass, so I don't have a ton of use for big flies.
Anyways, cool report. 70 degree water sounds real good right now... brrrrr.
Last Edit: Jan 2, 2019 20:28:38 GMT -6 by glitchmo
Bernat baby blanket yarn, or any of the other varieties, that's where u could start with a worm fly.
I picked up a few gully worms from a local sporting store that has a small fly fishing section. The heads on them didn't have an epoxy finish so I threw them in the vise and toughened them up a bit. I'll be throwing those worms on beds when spawning season starts. Hope to boat flip one of them big females lurking around the male that's sitting on the bed.
Post by huntnfish2much on Jan 7, 2019 22:27:05 GMT -6
There is a big pipe that feeds water into Welsh from Lake o the Pines. I’m not sure if there’s anything flowing into Welsh via that pipe right now, but it is a fish magnet in the spring & summertime. A bead-chain Clouser fished in that current is a good idea.
Topwater poppers are good around the warm water discharge.