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.