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Been fishing on the pond for awhile but doing little to no good so I'll set the rod down and throw in a hand full of feed and cast out and still very little actin but they explode on the fish food. Well tonight all that changed. I have all this foam on here for flies so I took a hole punch and punched me out about 4 hole punches (brown) put them in my pocket. When I went out tonight I grabed the 4WT fly rod with a bare hook put a punch on it and low and behold I'm in business again. The Hybrid Stripper took all my line to the backer and I ain't lying when I say what a blast. It took awhile to get him to shore but It was a great time and I'm here to tell you if I had the 2WT like I wanted I wouldn't have caught that fish I don' believe. The hybrid was a little over 18" then I caught a Hybrid Bluegill 8 1/2" and a gill at about 8".

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Mark if they feed the fish pellets this may be the cats meow. I can go down to the pond and might catch a fish and as soon as I gave up on them and threw the feed out there they wold explode on it they were there but just wanted the feed so I came up with the idea to make a pellet out of brown foam about the color of the pellets that I do feed then and it worked. Hope this does indeed help you and other people that's why I put it out there for all to see maybe this will help.

Great story of trickery and fantastic flyrod catch with the Striper Dick!!

Yea John that was fun for sure. My goal is to catch one of them gritter on my new 2wt and don't think I can do it but never the less going to keep at it. When I had the pond dug I put about 5 concrete fish shelters in it about 4 foot square and 5 foot high. That's usually where they go when hooked and the 2wt don't have the back bone to keep them from going into them to be truthful I think it was a fluck catching the one I caught with the 4wt.

That had to be unreal catching them on the fly rod, Dick. About all I could compare that to would be a 3lb carp I caught on my 5-6 wt flyrod many years ago. 

I'm not lying it was a definite high especially since I'm just starting out this year and don't know why it took me so long to get started.

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