If you saw our three facebook posts this past Friday, you know that the fishing has turned on in the Cincinnati area. With those posts as encouragement, I thought I would take a day and hit the Little Miami today. I made my way to Morgan’s Canoe at Ft. Ancient and decided I would do a short three mile float so that I could concentrate on fishing and not feel rushed with having to paddle.
I tied on a large popper while on shore, but the moment I came to the first set of riffles and knew I would be changing to a streamer.
I switched to a bead head rubber leg black wooly bugger size 4. On the second or third cast I had a nice smallmouth chase the streamer towards the end of the swing and pounce on the fly. I worked the fast moving water a bit longer and another smallie took the streamer. As I was working my way down stream, I was liking the look of the water more and more. There was a small pocket of slack water right next to the fast flow and I targeted that spot. BAAAMMMM! The fly barely hit the water and it was engulfed. I knew right away that this was a fighter and it didn’t take we long to get him on the reel. He ran through the riffles and darted to the other bank like greased lightning. After a big fight in the fast water, I brought him to hand. This is the largest smallmouth I have landed in Ohio.
The rest of the day produced more nice smallies and all on the black bugger. I switched to a chartreuse clouser and another streamer and nothing, so back to the black bugger for more results.
I was throwing a fast action T&T with the SA GPX line. I have been using the RIO Big Nasty leaders and really like how they turn over the flies. I was targeting many tight areas with lots of branches and the material delivered my fly where I wanted. I even had to have a big argument with a branch and I won with the beefy 12lb leader material!