Tuesday night I found myself on an adventure that was very new to me. Certainly I was on the water fishing, but this time I did it in a way that I am not accustomed to. I tagged along with our "Man About The Woods" Bill Sherck as we used his drift boat to fish Smallmouth Bass on the Mississippi River. I have heard so much about this stretch of water over the years, and jumped at the chance to hop on board. We had a few different weapons in the boat, and the plan was to catch a few conventional style, then switch to the fly gear. It was a whole new experience for me, and I can honestly say that it was the first time that I actually felt like I was being guided. It was great! He had the same half hour's worth of chatter that I give to all my guests as they come on the boat. Not that I haven't caught numerous smallies in the past, but it was a whole new feel, and the drift boat seemed to set it all in place. How we would work the spots, and most of all, the use of a fly-rod is very new to me. The fish weren't jumping in the boat on this afternoon, however it didn't take too long for me to land a couple of dandies. My first fish went about 19 inches and the next two followed very similarly. When you add the current into the equation, you are really in for a treat. After my third fish, I decided it was time to find out what this fly fishing stuff is all about. After a quick tutorial from Bill, I was slinging back and forth trying to get dialed in. With the strong winds, it made things interesting, but I got it figured out and it was go time! I pictured myself stripping a huge popper on the surface as if I was Tarpon fishing in the keys, and waited for the explosions. Well, they came, and I missed all 4 explosions on my popper. Oh well, Can't catch em all the time, but it sure would have been nice to say I conquered that Smallie on the Fly. We had a great time on the water, and although the fish weren't flying in the boat, we had some great laughs, and a few of what I call "kids Messes." For those of you who don't know Bill aka: Man about the Woods, he is a regular guest on our shows, and the host of Due North Outdoors, which if you aren't too busy after reading this, you can check out the new site that I just created for that show. Looks strikingly similar to this site, except it's Bill Sherck and Laura Schara.