Sunday, December 1, 2013

Coping With the Odds on Those Slow Fishing Days

The weather at the tailrace today was cloudy skies and a light breeze. Rain was in the forecast for the following day, so that told me that the trout should be active. Dries were the choice for the morning and after lunch we went with nymphs. Neither proved to be successful this day, but it was good to be on the water with my fishing buddy Charles. We both agreed that our next trip would be below the pump station which is where the bigger trout hang out. Streamers and buggers will be the choice of flies for that outing.
 
Lunch today was pack of peanut butter crackers or “nabs” which is what we use to call these little crackers in Mississippi when I was a kid.
 
Charles managed a nice rainbow from this area; sorry I didn’t get the image I was knee deep fishing a run on the other end of this stretch.
I landed this bow later in the day on an Adams fishing in some of the slower water. The fast current water wasn’t working today with the nymphs and the dead drifting techniques. This trip is what inspired me to write the post about mono and fluorocarbon leaders this past week.
 
On a slow day like this one I really try to analyze why the trout are not taking my offering. Was it the fly selection, presentation, not mending the line properly, locating water holding trout, leader/tippet selection, lack of hatch, or could it have been the trout were just not feeding during that time of day????  Who knows it could have been all the above or it could be that one little thing I haven’t discovered yet. I can say it was not because of persistence and patience on our part, because we gave what we thought was our best on this day.  

 


 
 
 

 

15 comments:

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Yup, could have been any or all of the above. Next time.

Howard said...

Or, it could have been Mel again back at his old tricks...Hex! Seriously, Figuring those things out or not is the fun of fly fishing. I enjoy the challenges probably about as much as the actual catching.

Kevin Frank said...

Did you try the softhackle?

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Certainly a day to test your fly fishing skills--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I'm not blaming Mel, the trip falls on my shoulders. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I have a trip planned for Wednesday and the soft hackle fly will be tied on before I leave the house. I will try it with an indicator first, and also give it a try in the faster water dead drifting. Thanks for the comment

Mel Moore (Pond Stalker) said...

Thanks, Bill, for not blaming me for "Hexing you". Tee Hee! Howard is right in that part of the fun of fly fishing is trying to figure it out each trip. Also, there are days when I think that we "out think ourselves". Happy hook ups the next time out.

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I just got back from a trip today that really tested me to the tilt--the coming post will explain. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

We all have such days Bill. I always have a pack of Austin PB crackers around.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I have to say today was better --report coming soon. Thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Some slices of extra sharp cheese, crackers and beef jerky is usually my choice when it's not PB&J. Looking forward to your next post!

Bill Trussell said...

The crackers was all that was left in my pack that day to eat. I have tried the jerky and cheese and yes they are hard to beat--- thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Hey Bill! Sometime buddy it is just fishin...! Sometimes regardless of what we do on the water, we are reminded that some days are just wishin we were catchin fish! I believe it helps us stay motivated to go back and try it again! Always a pleasure! Great post!

Bill Trussell said...

Al
On those slow days one has time to really enjoy the beauty around him. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Al
On those slow days one has time to really enjoy the beauty around him. Thanks for the comment