It's sometimes embarrassing to admit, but I do enjoy fly fishing retention ponds in the middle of developed areas. I know I am not the only one who fishes them, but I seem to be the only one that fly fishes them. And, the mix of someone who enjoys the solitude and peace of fishing quite, out-of-the-way hill country streams, fishing these man-made ponds amongst the hustle and bustle of the city seems odd, but I guess it works.
As much as I would encourage everyone to head out on their own rural adventure in search of nice fish, I would also encourage you to hit up these local impoundments as well. Here is why you should give these retention ponds a chance, and what you can expect when you are there.
Why You Should Fish Them
1) There are actually fish in there...I promise. The fish are usually largemouth bass and different species of sunfish, and they are fun to catch.
|Bluegill from a retention pond|
|Largemouth Bass from a retention pond|
What to Expect When You are Fly Fishing a Retention Pond
- Caught anything?
- Are there actually fish in here? Can you eat them?
- Are you fly fishing? I've never seen anyone fly fish around here before.
- Have you been fishing over in Brushy Creek? You should fish there, I've seen tons of fish jumping in that creek.
- Teenagers. They are usually in groups, and sometimes this can get annoying, but remind yourself that you were once them and they could be doing worse things.
- A Redneck in a cutoff Kyle Bush shirt and jean-shorts. He will probably yell at you from across the pond to show off every time he catches something.
- The Pro. This guy is probably the rednecks friend, but he is decked out in his pro-team shirt, with all of his gear, and fishing like he is on the BASS tour. He probably wont talk to you.
|Yep, that is a bike.|
4) Overgrown Banks and Often Algae. Being located in urban areas, these pods collect a ton of run-off that usually contains plenty of fertilizer. In the summer this can lead to tons of algae growth in the water, but this also provides extra nutrients for the banks to become overgrown with reeds or other plant-life, sometimes making it hard to find spots to fly-fish. Not good.
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