Thursday, August 20, 2015

Filling my Bucket List

This past Friday my buddy Charles and I fished the Elk River near Winchester Tennessee with David Perry our guide. It was a stellar day to say the least. We had perfect weather with hardy any humidity and very little sunlight keeping the temps in the low eighties all day. We started the drift boat trip at the dam and 9 miles later we took out at Turkey Launch. Neither of us had ever fished the Elk and was so impressed with its beauty and the amount of trout in the river. It is stocked every month with rainbow and browns, which thrive in the nutrient rich waters.
I have fished numerous times with David over the past years and have come to realize when one fishes with him; they can expect to land lots of trout. Well Friday was no exception, Charles and I landed an insane number of browns and rainbow during our 8 to 9 hour excursion.   

You can see the dam in the background. We shoved the drift boat off from the gravel flats and spent the next 8 to 9 hours getting out trout fix!
One of many healthy rainbows that inhaled our nymphs throughout the day.
  This brown was the largest trout Charles ever landed—talk about excitement!!

Landing my best brown of the day, using my 9 ft. 5 weight; I loss numerous trout at the beginning of the float, because I was using my 4 weight, which didn’t have the backbone to handle the better trout. My catch ratio improved after I starting casting my 5 weight.
 The end result!!

16 comments:

Drew LooknFishy said...

Sounds like everyone had a great day. Tons of fish caught, a personal best, beautiful browns...not sure it can get any better.

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Bucket list - fish the Elk, check. Well done.

Mark said...

Nice going Bill

Bill Trussell said...

Drew
Fantastic trip for sure!!! thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I still have a few other places I want to fly fish on the list--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Thanks Mark lots of fun!

Rivertoprambles.wordpress.com said...

Sounds like fun, and you got to fish a stream on your list. Nice going!

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
Yes that is on my list don't know where it will be but hope to make it someday. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Way to go Bill.

Howard Levett said...

That sure looks like it was a fun trip Bill. Nice going.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Great float for sure! Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
A trip like this can be a spoiler, because one will never land that amount of trout on a regular trip, but on the other hand it serves as a great learning process--thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Nice ones Bill. Looks like low water there too.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
Yes the river was low, our guide had to get out of the boat numerous times to pull the boat over gravel bars. There was no generation at all that day. thanks for the comment

Kevin Frank said...

Great post, glad you had such a wonderful day.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
This river has always been on my list to float, and I'm glad I made it work for both of us. Thanks for the comment