Finally got a chance to hit a few stretches of one of my favorite streams yesterday and today. Yesterday went with a buddy, he fished a fluke and i fished an assortment of grubs and tubes. All i could catch were a couple measly rockbass and he caught 5 or 6 smallies and no rockbass in the same water. Unfortunately, there was only 1 fluke to be had. Kinda frustrating. So today i grabbed up a bag of babybass colored flukes and headed out by myself from about 5:30p till' dark. Tore 'em up. That bait is so much fun to fish. I miss prolly 70% of the bites with it, but smallies always seem willing to try again when you toss it back in there. So many explosive little surface blasts. It amazes me how strong those little guys are. Such a cathartic experience to wade a creek by yourself and get into some aggressive fish. 10 inch Smallmouth are powerful enough to get some pretty good adrenaline going when they crash the surface. All in all, a terrific day. Caught 20 some Smallies, mostly around 10-12 inches. Got 2 that were larger, pretty heavy for this stream, prolly a little under 2 lbs. I was kept company for most of the wade by a female eagle who seemed to be keeping an eye on me, which was a little intimidating. Twice she flew right through the river corridor about 15 ft above my head, i could see her eyes following me the whole time. Huge, powerful bird. I saw the male briefly, he seemed to be be quite a bit smaller. Great day on the crick, i'm going back for more tomorrow.