Fly vs. Spinning

April 22nd.

 

My friend and I are on the way to a well-known river to both of us for a day of fishing . Friend is a fly fisherman who is trying to convert me to this cult. And I am trying to master spinning fishing. The stage is set for a little competition – Fly vs. Spinning. Last time we fished together I lost 2 fish to 1. We will see who is victorious on this occasion. Weather is sunny, with calm winds, just a beautiful day. Water levels seem normal. From the start I have a hunch that I am going to lose. My worries start to materialize in the first hour. My friend catches two trout with his own spuddler streamer. Both younglings, but still an excellent start.

2 hours in I have zero bites, if this continues I am looking to lose with a blow-out. But soon after I land a small trout with a Forest Miu 3.5gr. two tone spoon (gold, brown). From there the bites continue. Another 4 trout landed with the biggest around 30-35cm. The other – younglings about 20-25cm in length. I changed all my hooks to single barbless, so releasing these small trout is effortless with no damage caused. My friend had no bites after the first 2 fish. We covered around 3-4km of river and finished the day with a total of 7 trout between us. A great day of fishing with a friendly competition. In the future I am definitely going to try fly fishing, but for now I am sticking to spinning.

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