I worked a black wooly bugger through the deep section without a bump, so I decided that I might as well practice casting. I aimed at the spot where water from the culvert meets the surface. I stripped the fly in once, then felt a strong pull.There was a flash at the end of my line, then the fish dove deep into the murky water, taking line as it went. After a strong fight I landed a nicely sized smallmouth.
Three others followed in the remaining hour I spent fishing. I still prefer trout to bass, but it was fun catching some nice fish in a cool spot. Plus, you can't beat fishing a mile from home.