Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FINALLY My First Fishing Trip for 2014

I have been waiting for that so called perfect day to kick off my 2014 fishing season. Well Sunday was close to perfect on the Sipsey Tailrace. The temperature couldn’t have been better at a warm 70 degrees with a slight breeze out of the northeast. The approaching cold front on Monday was an added bonus as well. We were expecting temperatures in the mid twenties Monday night. That is usually the case for early spring in the deep south this time of the year, warm one day and frigid cold the next day.
I had plenty of company from the pump station all the way up to the dam. Nine vehicles were in the parking lot which meant I would encounter a bunch of fly fishermen when I got to the water.
High dingy water was flowing from the dam with no trout rising at all which kind of dampened my spirits. All the usual hot spots were taken, so I settled for an area I had not fished in a couple of years.
 


My first trout of the 2014 season, which took a super nymph on an extremely slow, retrieve. I encounter numbers of short takes before I finally got a solid take from this trout. I was using my new Grey’s Hardy 9 ft. 3 wt. with my Gloomis free spool reel. I have found that the best weight fly rod for this tailrace is as 3 weight, anything above that would be over kill.
The Seal Leech was the prey for this nice bow that nailed the fly less than 7 ft. from me. I had fisherman to the right and to the left of me the couple hours I fished. There was no escaping the crowd today. I was really surprised I was landing trout with the amount of fishing pressure here today.
The renegade was the only dry that produced today.  The dry action was not explosive; but hey I will take this size trout all day on the 3 weight.
I ended the trip with this colorful rainbow which went airborne a couple of times. I feel good about today’s trip because it forced me to forego some of my usual hot spots for a couple of areas I seldom fish. So I guess I could say I have discovered some new water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

31 comments:

Kevin Frank said...

I hope I can hit the water this weekend. Your post has motivated me.

Mel Moore (Pond Stalker) said...

Looks like an "outstanding" first time out for 2014, Bill. Those are some nice 'Bows and on the 3wt. to boot. Guess, I don't know what a Super Nymph is? The Seal Leech is a very good pattern.

BrookField Angler said...

Very nice!! Congrats on the first of the year!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Check out this link for info on the super nymph
http://btrussell-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/2013/12/fishing-super-beadhead-nymph.html
Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Hope you make a connection this weekend, looking forward to the post. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
Good to finally get to wet a fly, considering all the strange weather we been having. thanks for the comment

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Nice job for the first day out.

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

What a great little getaway you had! Yay! Yes, I have been on a hiatus of sorts... but I'm back now and anxious to get caught up. New water is my "theme" this year. You can't really grow as a fisherman when you hit the same water time and time again in my opinion. New territory brings new strategies. It's fun!

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I surprise myself with all the fisherman on the water--thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Well Bill looks like the wait was worth it. Beautiful bows, and nice weather make for a great outing.
Well done.

Howard said...

I'm ready to give it a try as soon as it quits snowing. I'd say you had a successful outing Bill! Nice looking rainbows.

John said...

A great start to the new season Bill. A lot of us have to fish elbow to elbow on opening day with little to show for our efforts so I'd say ya done good.

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
One finds out how good of a fly fisherman you really are, when your usual honey holes are all taken. I counted 8 trout brought to hand, so I would say I did pretty good. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
My best opening day I have ever had fishing for trout. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
The snow and cold has to stop soon--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

John
Mississippi and Florida are the two states that border us that don't have trout fishing---making for additional fisherman from both of those states. Weekend are close quarters on the tailrace--thanks for the comment

Blake said...

on the board for 2014, pretty fish Bill

this winter has been weird for alot of different areas

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Weird weather for sure, this is the latest I have started a season of fishing-thanks for the comment

Atlas said...

Congrats on the first fish of 2014. Also I checked out those fly paterns you used on your site and will have to try a few of them for sure.

Bill Trussell said...

Al
You can't go wrong with either pattern, I have landed a lot of trout on the tailrace with both patterns. My all time favorite is the Seal Leech. Thanks for the comment

David Knapp said...

Bill, you are fortunate to have some low water on your local tailwater. Every time Center Hill Lake gets close to being low enough to slow down the releases on the Caney Fork we get more rain. Right now I would be happy if I could know for sure that we would be able to fish in 2-3 weeks but that may be wishful thinking.

Bill Trussell said...

David
I have been waiting for three weeks to get to fish without generation issues on the tailrace and Sunday was a brief window for me. In fact the generators were turned on about an hour after I left. Thanks for the comment

Mark said...

Good to get on the board in 2014. The 70's seem a long way off for us up north!

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I hope to get back on the tailrace next week, providing generation cooperates. Hope it warms up for you guys soon. thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Hi Bill, I like the sparkle on the seal leech. It's a good mountain lake pattern in small sizes too.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
The Seal Leech has to be one of the best nymph patterns I have ever used. It will produce for me when nothing else will. I will have to try the small pattern as a dropper. thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Very nice..we are a longggg way away from 70 here..right now I'd settle for 30

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Maine is for sure a long way from Jasper when it comes to weather--I'll take everything else you guys have got but I will keep the weather in the south. thanks for the comment

Luke said...

I'd take that size fish all day on a three weight as well, Bill. Looked like a great time, and the super nymph got it done!

Bill Trussell said...

Luke
I am headed back today to see if I can fish some of the areas I couldn't fish the other day when the crowds were heavy. Thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Bill Nice Pics! Love the trout coming out of the net! I can only wish for 70's here in Colorado. Still trying to get on the water for the first time; however, life is keeping me from it not the temperatures! Thanks for sharing and nice fish!