Can’t get out to fish so I spent a bit of time lawn casting

I’ve been looking to purchase a Hardy Perfect reel for over 10 years and about 2 weeks ago finally found an affordable 3 1/8″ one in good condition. This is the first time I’ve actually handled and had a chance to disassemble one. It is everything I had hoped for and more. The craftsmanship and engineering is exquisite.

For once I decided to go with what I considered one of the top fly lines, the Rio Gold in wf5f, with a matching Rio leader. I loaded up the reel last night and when I got home from work today grabbed one of my bamboo rods, a F. E. Thomas 8.5′ “Elmo.”

I went out in my front yard, began to cast and in no time had launched the line 60′. Next time I’ll grab a lighter bamboo rod since the balance with the Hardy reel was off, but the reel is a dream to cast and the Rio Gold line, well there’s a reason it’s considered one of the best. It easily shoots 15-20′ when you release it. I’m looking forward to fishing the rig ASAP

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A short trip to the Duck Pond

This morning I decided to take a quick walk over to the local duck pond.

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It’s only a five minute walk and is scheduled to be dredged sometime this summer. I was told it averages ten to eleven feet in depth, but presently with all the silt, it’s only about four feet deep. I haven’t fish the duck pound for about three years and I’ve only seen small pan fish in it. One side has back yards of private houses as its shore while the other side is public.

I decided to use my Orvis impregnated bamboo rod, 8′-0″, with a 6wt Lamson reel.

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As I was setting up the rig I spotted a family of turtles sunning themselves on a log in the middle of the pond.

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I spent about thirty minutes casting and enjoying myself when it was time to head back.
Short but sweet.