Thursday, June 6, 2019

Nymphing With the IM 10 ft. 3 Wt.

My blogging has taken a hit lately with two weeks spent in the state of Texas visiting in-laws. No fishing on this trip just sightseeing some interesting places with a lot of history. 
Cathey and I arrived back in Jasper late Sunday evening and was glad to be home. No fishing for two weeks is tuff for me to experience, so my number one goal Monday was to line a trip up for the coming week. The weather forecast was rain for this week with the exception of a couple of days. Tuesday was going to be my best day fishing the Sipsey. 
By the way how many of you guys have discovered you left your fly rod at the house after you get to your fishing destination? That was the second time that had happened to me; you would think I would learn??? That debacle cost me forty minutes of fishing on the Sipsey. 
I encountered low water as evident by of all the moss covered rocks scattered on the floor of the gorge. I'm not a fan of fishing low water on the Sipsey because the trout can spot you in the shallows as opposed to the normal deeper water: but I didn't let this deter me from fishing this morning, so I made the best of a challenge. 
I choose to fish all the fast water because the current could hide me much better than the slower shallow water. I did have to do some tricky wading to get into position at times to present my fly. It proved to be worth the effort
in helping me land some choice rainbow. 
My first rainbow taken using my IM 10 ft. 3 wt. nymphing rod tightlining nymphs along the edges of the fast current seams. I never touched this beauty, simply removed the nymph with my forceps and he swim out of the net. We've had some really quality rainbow released in the Sipsey this past month. 
Sorry for the poor quality on this image, but I was trying to get the photo standing in some really fast water. In fact I almost lost my balance and took a dip, which would have really lessoned my fishing time. 
Today's trip was a practice session for Jason and I to use our 3 wt. 10 ft. nymphing rods on the Little River in the Smoky Mountains the last of this month. We hope to land some of the native rainbows, browns and brook trout there.



Friday, May 17, 2019

My New Fishing Partner

I've been fishing a lot since March and most of it was alone on Walker Lake and the rest of the time was on Smith Lake with some of my buddies. A few trips to the tailrace was worked in when the generators were not running. Hopefully most of the rains are gone and the tailrace will start to fish well in the coming months. 
One of my fishing buddies couldn't make the fishing trip we had planned for  this past Tuesday so I started looking for a replacement. To my surprise my wife said she wanted to go, so we headed to Smith Lake for four or five hours of fishing. It turned out to be a special trip for both of us because it had been 25 years since she had been in the boat with me. She wanted to fish for the bluegill using live bait in the form of crickets. The only rule I had to follow was; she wasn't going to bait her hook, touch the fish or touch a crappie nibblet. In other words I was her guide which was fine with. I was just glad to have her onboard!
This largemouth put up quite a fight. I was really proud of how well Cathey handled this fish. She finally landed the fish using a 7 1/2 ft. Microlight with 4 lb. test line. We released the fish to fight another day. 
Hopefully I can get her into the fly fishing in the coming months. She has agreed to give fly fishing a try.  

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Fantastic Surface Fishing with Poppers

Spring fishing can be some of the best times to land some really quality fish. The fish are much more active this time of year with the water temps warming and the spawn occuring. Feeder fish such as small shad is the number one prey for the bass on a lot lakes this time of year. If one can mimic the tiny shad then you are in for some fantastic surface action for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass on most large bodies of water this time of year. Some of the favorite lures Bass fishermen used to get a hit is the rapala, fluke, or prop lures. Fly fishermen used a variety of patterns to imitate the shad as well, such as streamers, soft plastic shad patterns and poppers. If given a choice to fish with the bait casing gear or the fly fishing gear, I would choose the fly fishing method hands down. There's nothing like landing a quality bass using your favorite weighted fly rod. Well, let me restate the bluegill would have to be near the top as well.
I look forward every year for Spring to arrive knowing that I am in for my best fishing of the year. Jason and I got to experience the Spring fishing at it's best this past week. Jason was home for seven days and we spent four of those days fishing beautiful Smith Lake. Some good times were had landing countless bass and huge bull bluegills using the poppers at daylight and afternoons fishing Smith Lake! Jason was using his new IM10 fly rod which was a birthday present from me and his mom. The bass were killing the Glow After Dark Cream Boogle Bug Popper!! 
Another spotted bass taken on the cream Boogle Bug. There is something about the Boogle that gets the attention of bass. We were working the popper to mimic a wounded shad; it worked everyday we fish the Boogle! 
Early morning still a little cool on the lake until the sun starting peaking through the clouds. 
Afternoon didn't slow the bite down
All the bass taken during the days we fished were taken on top using either the solid black Booge Bug or the Cream Boogle when the shad were active. 
The big bulls were active as well using the Barr Nunn black and yellow poppers. The spawn will begin the last of this month. At times both of us thought we had bass on when landing these bluegills because of the tremendous fight they would put forth. I'm already looking forward to our next outing when Jason will return for more top water action in June!!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Who Started You Fishing

I have often said that I've never been bored one minute since I retired. I am so thankful my Dad taught me and my brothers how to fish and hunt at an early age. Most individuals who fish or hunt all started as youngsters. I often wonder why some of my friends, neighbors or other retirees don't fish. The answer could be the parents wasn't interested in fishing so the children never developed an interest. Most children become involved in what the parent's interested is when growing up. That could be hunting, fishing, sports, or any other activity. I know my two grandsons are interested in motorcycles because their Dad's interest in riding motorcycles. They are also interested in fly fishing because their Dad and Pops fly fish, so you see the comparison.
I have taught numerous individuals how to fish using casting gear or ultralight gear in my lifetime. Those individuals were all adults. I even taught a few how to fly fish in the short 12 years I've been casting the fly rod. All these individuals had never fished before and are still fishing today. One doesn't have to spend a great deal of money on fishing equipment to catch fish. Live bait paired with a spincast or spinning reel will get results on most all water in the U.S. Live bait such as crickets, grasshoppers, and redworms started many of us on our fishing journey. Hopefully that journey will continue for all of us for many years to come.


Most of you know that I like woodworking not as much as fishing but a close second. The love of woodworking steered me towards becoming an Industrial Teacher. I spent 35 years in the teaching profession before I retired in 2008. I really enjoyed teaching Industrial Arts because I came in contact with some great students who were interested in building small pieces of furniture to larger pieces such as gun cabinets, tables and desk. I seldom encountered problem students in those 35 years of teaching, because they enjoyed the class as much as I did teaching them. 
Once we moved back to Jasper I knew the house we were going to build had to have space for a small shop. Cathey agreed to give up part of her garage to make the shop happen.
 I've always liked my hand tools organized and at my finger tips so I can find the hand tool I'm needing to use! I still have to purchase a woodworking vice to fit in the opening under the table. My father-in-law and I built this shop table years ago when he had a shop.
 The table models machines will work for me with the limited amount of space I have in the 12 X 12 floor space.
I've already got projects plan for the grandchildren and some pieces for the house and patio.
Keep an eye out for my first project coming soon!!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Popper Color Makes a Difference

This past week has been hectic, no fishing, blogging, or gym time. The movers worked Monday and Tuesday moving us into our new home.The rest of the week was spent unpacking boxes and trying to get the house in order. We had furniture in the rent house where we were living, Jason's storage unit and our storage unit. I hope my wife and I never make another move ever!
Jason and I did have a few hours yesterday to fish Walker Lake before he flies back to Sacramento Monday. I can't think of a better way to spent an afternoon.
The white Betts Popper was the hot fly on this outing; Jason had only one of the poppers and was not about to share with Dad! He landed two my one for the afternoon. 
Flexing the 2 wt. 
Could it be the red dots top and bottom and the white color that got the bluegills attention??
The finished house to the point where we could move in. No landscaping until we get more dry weather; we're just glad to be in the house and life getting close to normal. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Rain, Snow, Ice who's ready for Summer?

Portions of Alabama is flooded with heavy rains that started last Saturday and continued through Thursday. A total of 10” of rain overflowed streams, rivers and lakes. I've never seen Smith Lake this high and getting higher everyday. Full pool in this lake is 510, it is now up 518 and will probably go higher before the week is out. We are expecting more rain starting Thursday and through Friday. In fact the lake is closed at the dam where I launch most of the time. An Alabama Power employee told me yesterday that the lake will not open up again until the water recedes back to full pool. The tailrace below the dam is out for fishing as well because of the constant generation; I've really had it with the rain! My only choice to wet a fly was Walker Lake which was my destination for the afternoon. 
The lake was stained with all the heavy rains. I was fishing this same area two weeks ago with much clearer water. I knew it would be tough getting some hits today because the fish couldn't see the fly as well. So the objective was to give the popper a little more action to get a hit. I'm a firm believer in changing flies if I'm getting no takes; that was the case for first 30 minutes.
The first bull gill which hit the white Barr Nunn popper; notice you don't see the popper because it is crammed in the gills throat. The white Barr Nunn popper was the popper that got the most attention for the rest of the afternoon. I was using my 2 wt and 3 wt 7 1/2 ft.  Redington rods, which matched the size bluegills I was catching. The bigger bluegills never showed up today.
What a difference in temps and weather, we experience in Orlando last week at Disney World. The temps were in the mid 80's and high 80's all week we were there. The best part of the trip aside from spending time with all the family was NO RAIN!