I have a whole new area to explore now. About two weekends a month I will be spending some time in and around Essex. One of the best parts about this is the proximity to world class striped bass fishing, new trout streams, and innumerable other opportunities for fishing. Today I explored a new stream, which proved nearly devoid of fish, and a pond that proved to be rich with finned swimmy things!
A little bucktail produced some pretty little bass. The strikes were vicious and frequent. I changed to a beetle to catch as many bluegills as I could before getting sick of them, and then went to an Ausable Ugly to catch big pumpkinseeds off the beds. They were, as usual, gorgeous. Suddenly, I heard a commotion and new acquaintance and local young fisherman Dan informed me he and his friend had just spotted a giant orange fish. It turned out to be a BAK (big ass koi). I wandered around to the other side and eventually a koi, probably the same one, meandered past. Without really paying attention to what I was doing I put my fly in front of him. Sure enough, he ate, and I realized what I was doing. A 3 weight fly rod and 6x tippet just aren't capable of handling big carp. Perhaps luckily, the fly came free. I kept fishing for a little while with more bass and bluegills taking the fly, but I'll have to go back later for the koi.