Monday, May 5, 2014

Fishing The Sink Tip Line for Super Size Bluegills


I guess all of you have noticed my long lapse in posting. Well road trips and baby sitting grandchildren has put a damper on my blogging. Since my wife retired in December we have been taking short little junkets to some places we never had the time to visit when she was working. I mentioned sometime back that my wife told me that when she retired she wanted to travel some, so we are making up for lost time. My blogging will be limited somewhat from this point, so if you wonder what happened to Bill in the week’s and months to come, just know he is traveling around with his college sweetheart here and there.  
I did manage to work a fishing trip in last week on Smith fishing for the spots and bluegills. This big bull gill was landed using a new method for me, which is fishing with a sink tip # 4 fast forward weight line. The sink tip as you know enables me to go deep when the top action isn’t happening, which was the case on this day. The Super Nymph was the fly which the fish inhaled deep into its throat. The disadvantage using the sink tip for me was the lost of flies in brush and rocks. I lost a couple of flies and one fish I never got to see, which I think was a nice spot.
I feel the sink tip will be a winner for me in the summer months on Smith, especially on the rock walls. This line is a weight 4 and one would assume you would use a 4 weight fly rod to cast it, but I found I can get the line up out of the water much better with a 5 weight line when casting. The sink rate on this line is tremendous and one can get to a depth of 20 ft. or better fast. I landed this bluegill in a 30 foot depth range.
Nice spot on the Boggle really early, but when the sun came up the bite stopped. I will count the big gill on my quest, I am now 40 away.

21 comments:

Kevin Frank said...

Wow, that is a monster gill. Nice work. I might have to try the sinking line thing.

David Knapp said...

Bill, that is an impressive 'gill there! Glad you are still getting time out on the water in between your travels...

Juan said...

Great looking Gill! I have been thinking about sinking line for my 8 wt for the stripes and catfish. Thanks for the report!

Mel (Pond Stalker) said...

Bill, first off, enjoy your time with your wife and your travels. You have both worked a lifetime to be able to have this quality time together now. Be safe!

I have done a considerable amount of lake fishing in my time and just wanted to mention that you might also some time consider a Weight Forward Full sinking fly line. The full sinking line keeps the fly down where the fish is feeding longer than does the sink tip line. It runs at a steady depth as you complete most all of your retrieve of the line. In theory, you are keeping your line in front of more feeding fish than with the sink tip. Just my opinion.................

riverwalker34 said...

Your gettng close. Just might hit 100 this year. My panfish rod should be here tomorrow. It's a beautie. Perhaps, it'll take my mind off smallies.

Brk Trt said...

Well deserved.
Take time to enjoy your time together. And perhaps fish some.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I found out the sinking line is good when the bite is slow and in the summer when the bluegills have move to deep water. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

David
I can never completely eliminate fishing from my weekly schedule. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
This line would work well with that weight fly rod. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I need to get use to the sink tip line before I make a change to the full sinking line. I am still having some problems with getting it up out of the water. I can see the advantage of the full sink, and I will give it a look come summer. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
I'm looking forward to a bluegill report using the new fly rod. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
My wife and I deserve a road trip or two after a combine 75 years teaching school. Thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Those 'gills look pretty rugged Bill..nice work..

Howard said...

My gosh Bill, that gill is a beauty. We may have to try that sinking line if I ever actually get out the door. Enjoy your mini-vacations with your sweetheart!

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Al for stopping by and yes those are nice gills.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
The sinking line is a study in progress for me. I am still having some trouble with the casting aspect. Thanks for the comment

3 Brothers Flies said...

Great fish, that's a monster bluegill!

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks brothers for stopping by

The NOCO Nympher said...

CRAZY GILL!! If we caught a gil that big out here we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves! Gonna try the sink tip on the 'tooth and see what we come up with. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
The sink tip line is a great alternative when nothing is happening on top. One can get really deep fast using the line. Thanks for the comment

Reno walson said...

Hi,
nice catch. it's really big blue gill.I might have to try the sinking line thing.
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