Friday, February 8, 2019

The IM10 Nymphing Fly Rod

The IM10 Fly Rod is probably the closet I will ever get to fishing with a Tenkara Fly Rod. The IM10 is a medium fast action 10 foot, 3/4 weight, four piece nymphing fly rod. It weights in at a light 3 ounces. I seldom order a fly rod online but I took a chance on this one from Ebay because of the reviews, which were all positive. While fishing last spring and summer on the Sipsey I notice I needed a little more reach when nymphing the smaller pocket holes; my 9 foot Sreamflex just wasn't getting me the extra reach. 
This fly rod not only gives me the chance to nymph small areas easier but I have the option to use it for casting beyond tight nymphing areas. 
The quality on this fly rod is amazing, even down to the rod tube, alignment blank indicators, name tag insert, embossed fly pattern, extra rod tip blank and the beautiful designed reel seat.
Couldn't wait to get out on the water and give it a test trail. It was an incredible 80 degrees in Jasper on Thursday so fly fishing was my top priority. With my 10 ft. Pelcian loaded and my 10 ft. IM10, I started my bluegill quest on Walker County Lake. Everything was positive on this outing but the wind, which was horrendous at times even to point of water splashing into the boat. I had to cross the lake in white cap conditions. So glad I had the battery fully charge, which was not the case when I left the lake. 
Now to the rod review; the first thing I noticed was how easy it loaded the 3 wt. Orvis Clearwater Line paired with my Battenkill II reel. I was even more impressed with how fast the line straightened out on the water surface as I completed the cast. The medium fast taper action gave the right amount of bend action to make a small bluegill seem larger. Yet it still has the power to handle much larger fish such as the spots on Smith Lake. I knew the extra length would give me a longer cast and it delivered. I will admit it took a little time getting use to the extra foot compared to my 7,8 and 9 ft. fly rods. By the end of the trip the fly rod and I bonded nicely after landing a bunch of bluegill for the afternoon. 
Now the next test will be the Sipsey high sticking some of the pocket holes I like to fish there. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Practicing for Spring

The temp today was in the upper fifties so I decided to make a make a quite trip to Walker County Lake to land a few rainbow. I was fishing right before the temps were supposed to drop in the twenties overnight. In fact we are suppose to get at least 3 inches of snow by noon tomorrow. Southerns go wild when they hear the word snow and crowd in the supermarkets to stock up on milk and bread. Hopefully the snow will all be gone by Wednesday and we will back in the rain mode. In fact I would much rather have the snow than the rain. The rain has slowed our house construction to a crawl, the inside will be finished before the outside. 
Healthy rainbow landed using the Flashback; no mending just making long cast and a slow retrieve. I missed a few simply because I wasn't watching my line close enough. It seems fish always know when you're not paying attention, that's when they decide to hit. 
A peaceful couple of hours until the wind kicked up and the temps started to drop. I'm missing fishing the tailrace and its tight seams and pocket water. I'm afraid the it's out for now because of all the rain and generation. In the meantime I will stay in practice with the lake trout. 
Thought I would share the family photo during our Xmas stay in Tennessee. The little creek behind the willow tree has small fish in it for the kids to play with. 
Just wondering if any of you guys have used fly clips. I read a short description the other day detailing how handy they are when changing flies. This one in the image is a size 1 which will handle size 12 to 16 flies. I don't know how effective it would be when using dry flies. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas 2018!!

Being with family and friends during this holiday season is what makes Christmas so special. I hope each of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

If one searches the internet you will find lots of fishing videos. Every once in a while there are a few videos that really grabs your attention if you fly fish. The following video sums up why we love the sport so much!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Adjusting to Winter Fishing

My blogging takes a hit during the winter months, mainly because of the weather. I'm not a fan of cold weather and it's a good thing that I don't live in the colder regions of the U.S. My hats off to all you guys who brave the frigid temps to wet a hook.
The winters here in Alabama go through what I call the yo-yo effect; high temps for a couple of day verses extremely lows for a couple of days. On those warmer days is when I try to be on the water. I forget about those factors that may cause the fishing to be slow this time of year. I'm just glad to be enjoying the outdoors and sharpening my casting skills for the coming spring.
The Sipsey is getting a lot generation now due to the all the rain we are experiencing. Any trout that is released at the dam now is usually flushed miles down the Sipsey where a boat is needed to land a trout or two. The waters below the 69 bridge are too deep to wade and the banks are covered with trees and brush. When the generators are running the tailrace can rise 10 to 15 vertical feet in a matter of minutes, meaning lots water moving fast and furious down the tailrace. We are in the our third day of rain as I type this post meaning heavy generation for this next week. Three thousand rainbow is supposed to be released at the dam Thursday. I have a feeling most will be washed down stream, due to the heavy rains we are getting. The long range forecast for the deep south is living up to the projection, a wet winter!!
This may be my last trout to land on Walker County Lake until March 1st. The lake is always closed during the winter months. 
You never know what you'll land using the fly rod. Catfish are usually on or near the bottom of the the lake this time of year.  The Flashback Pheasant Tail was the fly that got the most attention. 

Friday, November 23, 2018

A First!!

Trout was released yesterday in Walker County Lake located a few miles from Jasper. This is the same lake I fish numerous times in the early spring. Late this afternoon was a first for me landing a number of rainbow using a tungston beadhead copper john tightlining. 
A fun 30 minutes using my 2 wt. which I carry in my truck for a quickie!!