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    Default Delaware Pond Hop

    I joined three members of the Free State Fly Fishers today on a Delaware Pond Hop.

    Our intention was start the day at Trap Pond and then head to Records Pond after lunch. However, Trapís boat ramp was closed for a Halloween event at the park. So, we went to Plan B, which we had to make up on the spot. We started at Records Pond in Laurel and ended up at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro.

    It was a beautiful fall day to be pond fishing, albeit a bit windy as the hours progressed. However, we found protected shorelines in both ponds from the wind that was largely from the south.

    Here are a few scenes of the fall foliage reflected in the water:

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    Of course, we saw lots of geese.

    They were overhead:

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    And often in our way on the water.

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    It was odd to see turtles active this late in the year:

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    And now to the fishing. We each caught a variety of fish, however I caught nothing large. I personally caught the following 5 species:

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    Note that I caught a 16-inch pickerel to end the day but my camera battery failed.

    I carried a 5 wt. and 6 wt. fly rod, each with floating line. I tried like the devil to get the fish to come up for a popper but they only halfheartedly swung at it. The water was cool in each pond Ė too cool for freshwater surface action, I think. Subsurface was the way to go with a very slow presentation. An olive size 6 wooly bugger with a black tail was my most productive fly. Often the fish hit it while it was motionless. I would twitch it a little and let it sit. I used the tip of the line as a strike indicator and when I saw the line move forward I lifted the rod to set the hook.

    The only other fly that worked for me was an olive over white size 4 Clouser. That tricked two pickerels.

    My last pick ended a nice day on two Delaware ponds. I likely wonít get back to the Eastern Shore until the weather is more in tune with the calendar Ė i.e., it will be cold! Today was a real bonus in terms of weather. And while the fish werenít large, they gave us enough action to make the outing worthwhile.
    Mark

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    Sounds like you all had a great time!

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    Nice report Mark. I enjoy catching a variety of species.

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    Thanks guys.

    We did have a good outing.

    The ponds are a nice change of pace from tidal fishing and great for fly anglers.
    Mark

    Slate Hobie Revolution 13
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    Author: The Simple Joys of Kayak Fishing (Tips and Tales From an Old Guy in His Plastic Boat)
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    I love the wide variety of opportunity -We are surrounded and sometimes it's hard to decide what to do!
    Harlan

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    Harlan,

    It's darned near impossible to make a bad choice.

    We are very fortunate with many good Eastern Shore pond opportunities.
    Mark

    Slate Hobie Revolution 13
    Hidden Oak Native Ultimate 12

    Author: The Simple Joys of Kayak Fishing (Tips and Tales From an Old Guy in His Plastic Boat)
    Available on Amazon.com

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