Friday, April 8, 2011

The Best Wet Fly I Have Ever Fished With

Today I fished with the best wet fly I have ever used. Consider the conditions, the water was falling, the wind was out of the east all day, fishing right after a cold front and the barometer was sky high all day. When I say all day I started fishing around and finished the day mid afternoon. So here is the take on the trip, I started out with my 3 wt, fly rod using a small popper to no avail. After about an hour of fishing close in pockets, I switched to my 4 wt rod using a wooly bugger, I fish with this fly until after lunch landing two small bait stealers. With it being partly cloudy most of the afternoon and the water temps bouncing back and forth between 62 to 65 I switched back to a variety of poppers using my 3 wt. only to continue to land little tiny bait stealers. Feeling frustrated I switch back to my 4wt because I wanted to get a little more distance and have a little more power for hook set. The 4 wt is the set-up I ended the trip with, after tying on the BLACK GNAT, yes the black gnat. I started back down one of the long runs off a steep bank, I had fish a couple of times the morning and most of the afternoon. To make this story shorter, I caught or lost 22 large bull bluegills about an hour before I left the lake. The 15 pictured in the cooler were some of the fattest and largest I have caught on Walker County Lake. I got broke off 3 time during this last minute run, as I stated I brought home 15. I am still trying to reach my goal of 100 gills in the deep freeze by the end of this month. Today I reached the half way point. This trip today proves when you find a lure or fly that produces when nothing else will sing its praises, and I will be doing that every time I tie this little jewel on my fly line.
I will ice down this group because I just didn't want to fillet fish after I got home. I guess the only bad part of this trip is the fact I have to get up in the morning and clean fish. Sorry I forgot my camera so had to take this picture when I got home.
This is the little jewel that saved the day for me!!
The unique thing about this fly is the fibers of the fly all stand out under water, it is as if you was looking at a tiny porcupine under water, the fly comes in a size 8 hook.

10 comments:

Jay said...

You've convinced me. I need to tie up some of those.

Ty said...

Nice. Your last couple of posts have me itching to do a little bluegill fishing, Bill. My have to give that black gnat a try.

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
I have added the phone number where you can order some of the flies. They are 1.19 a piece. They come in a yellow with some red but it is not as effective as the black. I Googled this fly and you can find a ton of patterns for the Black Gnat on the net, but none I have found so far match this pattern. If you find the company who is tying this fly let me know. I do know they are using a different type of thread to tie the fly because of the porcupine effect you get under water with the pattern.

Shoreman said...

Tueday Bill, Tuesday.

Mark

riverwalker34 said...

Fish fry. MMMM.

Bill Trussell said...

River
I have to agree!!!!----baked is fantastic

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Looking forward to your report on the Gnat.

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Sounds like you had a busy day!!! Good for you. I might order a few...thanks!

Bill Trussell said...

River
I found out this morning that the company that is making these will going out of business this month. I bought the last 3 dozen they had left. Trust me this is a very unique fly. Thanks for the comment.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
My Bluegill fishing will over in this lake in about 3 weeks. The caretaker will be dumping tons of fertilze in the lake around that time. It will turn the lake a slim green, and he will continue doing this all the way through October. The fish can't see the fly when this happens and it makes the fish become somewhat sluggish. I will begin my Kentucky Spot fishing on Smith Lake, as soon as the fertilization starts on this lake. Thanks for the comment