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What makes a fishing session?

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

Time for a learning

Time for a learning

Horror of all horrors! Someone was fishing in "my spot." Last week while driving home, crossing over Indian Creek, there was a vehicle parked and as I looked down I saw a young girl (10ish) with a closed face reel and rod fishing with her Dad in "my spot." It is amazing how possessive we can become. That was my initial reaction. I was less than 200 yards past when I smiled and did a 180, and thought, "great her Dad has her out fishing." A new generation of our sport is being developed.

So what constitutes a fishing session? I like that word, "session." I stole it from the British fishing videos I have watched. I like the word "peg" too. I had 15 minutes today to fish on my way to work. I cross over Indian Creek 10 times a week. For me, a session is at least 10 casts. I know that is arbitrary. A session is also a time of learning.

I for one, want to be competent when I drive an hour or more to a great fishing spot. The only way that is going to happen is practice! Indian Creek is not a great fishing spot! It is very convenient however. I am trying to get 3 sessions a week in either on my way to work or from work. This is building familiarity with my equipment, and teaching me the range of effective action on the new spoons and lures that I am using.

It looks like Chris is out of the Forest Tournament Spoons. I was fishing the #6 again today. On the first 3 casts, I fished it too fast. On the 6th cast I got a nice bump from a fish! I have caught fish here before, trout and pike minnows. However, the current has increased just enough that this really wasn't the right spoon for today. I worked on my casting techniques today. Primarily the underhand two handed cast as well as the short compact "circle" cast that you often see on Japanese videos. It was a great session! I just love the Tenyru RZ39LL. On this small stream 3 feet 9 inches is perfect! It has way more power than it should have for being so short.

I share my story to encourage you to find a convenient place to practice. Maybe even one that has some fish! I could easily go over the hill to Lake Lowell and practice, but practicing in still water does not develop the skills for fishing moving water.

Last but not least, I have hope! Just behind me (not in the picture) is my fishing and hunting buddy Geoff's uncle's former wrecking yard. Geoff caught an 18 inch rainbow from this stretch of water! Pike minnows put up a good fight too!

Get out there and enjoy some "sessions." With practice, I am finding all kinds of exciting possibilities with the JDM equipment that I now have! My equipment is way better than me now!

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Mar 22, 2019
Nice spot
by: Craig

Great little spot to practice, after traveling for training this week at work I’ll probably stay close to home this weekend and fish the little urban trout stream. Want to play with some lines anyways for testing.

Mar 23, 2019
Busy Day!
by: Les Albjerg

I headed over to Indian Creek for a 20 minute session and fished the Forest Marshall 2.3g spoon. With its slimmer design, I got deeper and I caught two 14 inch rainbows! Long gone for me is the thought that just put a "dare devil" on and cast it out, reel as fast as you can and hope to catch a fish!

I really enjoy fishing spoons. It requires thinking things through. It requires working on skills to make the spoon look like a small fish! Get out there and have some fun with spoons! I am having too much fun. Oh, my current restriction during the sessions on Indian Creek is I am restricting myself to fish one spoon for at least a half hour. If I get a longer session, I may get to fish two spoons. No switching every few casts. It is difficult to learn the characteristics of a spoon in a few casts.

Mar 23, 2019
Street fishing.
by: JJ


There has been a growing movement in Europe amongst younger folks that they call street fishing. It’s done in urban city centers in some of Europe’s largest, most famous cities. They fish for whatever species is present in their particular location. Scale magazine is a European online publication, that covers both spin, and fly fishing. They have had a couple of articles covering the subject. It’s interesting to see how fishing is approached and discussed in different corners of the world.

Here at home, I have noticed more young kids fishing the river that runs right thru the heart of downtown. It flows thru a highly urban, shopping, fine dining, and performing arts district. It’s quite polluted, with warning signs about swimming, and yet, it’s 40 foot waterfall, with a cantilevered pedestrian bridge is the centerpiece of the downtown district. And it’s full of fish! Just don’t eat them!


Mar 23, 2019
short sessions
by: bill piatek

My form tends to get worse the longer I fish. So short sessions are helpful but the drives are long.
Compromise by "grass casting" on occasion.

Going to the Baja in a week so I've been grass casting with the heavy stuff, 15#, 10 ft rod and 1 oz lures.

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