2009-06-26_MississippiRiver, That Dang Stick…

The snag at the backwater current.

The snag at the backwater current.

That Dang Stick….

 

I was able to get my chores done early in the week which afforded me the time to get my canoe in the water. I wanted to handle a Gar while in my canoe. Kinky, I know.

I tied a few rope flies onto 1/2-ounce jig heads, loaded the boat, and headed upriver to get on a backwater slough current that always holds Gar.

The canoe access was self made. I pulled the boat through the ditch, along Highway 61, over two sets of railroad tracks and down the dyke into a growth of lily pads. I could see ten-pound or better Common Carp sunning in the patches of clear water between the pad field. I knew the paddle was one mile downstream to the current. I took my time seeking for holding Redhorse in the backwater river bottom. I tagged Silver and Shorthead Redhorse and several panfishes on the paddle.

The Gar were in usual form at the current. They were breaking steadily along the seam. I parked the canoe in the lily pads and set a bottom rig. I casted the rope fly with my other spinning rod. I had two takes but didn’t really know what to do with it beyond that. I could not set the hook since a rope fly is hook-less.

I brought one Shortnose Gar to the side of my canoe and did not see the other fish that took the fly.  I got to handle  one Sheepshead Drum and two small Channel Catfish for my efforts.

My choice in canoe access tried me when it came time to leave. Although my car was only seven rods from the water the steep dyke with loose gravel and the steep grassy ditch fought me all the way to the road.

The Damselflies where hatching on the current and there were no mosquitos and no Hexagenia mayflies to speak of.

That Dang Stick….