Lucky for me, a nice guy named John was working his way down stream and we were chatting just as this fish took. He got a nice view of the fight - which included 4 solid leaps well into the air - and took a pic for me from the other side of the river. If you ever see this - thanks John!
The fly of the day, and one I really love for this (or bass fishing, or trout fishing...) is Steve Culton's Hi-Liter. You can see my version below. I dont use a bead, I just wrap the underbody with some .20 non lead weight. Rides great in the water, and with a loop knot, it dances seductively - especially when swung through the current and given the wet fly wiggle so to speak...
Here's my version of Steves great fly... You can see his step by step, and a bit of his story regarding this fly's development here: http://currentseams.com/2015/09/22/the-hi-liter-soft-hackled-streamer/
I've been in the woods some with bow in hand... but thus far, the deer have evaded my attempts at bringing them home for super :). On opening day a gorgeous, probably 3.5 year old buck came by only 10 steps out, but was, surprisingly given the 19th of October is early for rut action, totally trolling for does and would not stop - just kept trotting on nose to ground. Since, I've seen a few does with no shots and had one deer of unknown gender come by in the dark prior to shooting light. Enjoying some relaxation in the trees though... it's good for me!
That's where I thought I'd have a shot, two runs intersect there dead center (above pic) and though hard to see there are three scrapes. Another week and this spot should produce a sighting or two.
This is the little swamp coming off the edge of a pond. Often they come from over there, after bedding for the day behind some homes.
There are some white oaks behind me dropping like crazy - so good eats for the deer in this area. The open spaces are this weird (and currently dry) canal that goes around a shruby blueberry covered island at the edge of a pond. Deer often bed on this impenetrable tangle.
Some times I call that stand site the "Engine Block Stand", because, blocked by trees in the above pic, is an old truck's front end - I'm talking 30's or 40's truck. It's all rusted out, and never will be useful again, but its cool to see in the woods, and makes you wonder what was going on and why it was left there...
Hope you all are enjoying some of the amazing sights, sounds, smells and adventures fall offers!