Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fishing Against the Odds

Never think you have this great sport of trout fishing figured out. That is what I find out every time I set foot on the waters of the Sipsey Tailrace. The trout may be wiling to take a certain pattern one day and the next it could be something completely different. I know the holidays always bring out a lot of fishermen either on the lake or on the tailrace. The tailrace was covered on Labor Day with fly fishermen from all over the state, not a good day for a retiree to fish anywhere near the place. Neither is the day right after the holiday, but Tuesday was the only day I had to fish this week, so I gave it a try this morning. I did the walked up to access seven, which is right at the dam to set up for my first cast around 9 AM. I knew I was fishing against the odds today. No activity at all  as I approached the waters edge so I started with a size 18 Zebra Midge, which produced a couple of rainbow early. I like to use smaller flies on days when no activity is present. After landing the two rainbow the drought set in and didn’t let up until right before I left at twelve.  
As I made my way back to access five to leave, I saw this nice rainbow moving in some pocket water right below where I was standing. I started casting my nymph trying to get a decent drift to entice a take; but the rainbow was having nothing to do with the indicator nymph combo. Time to change patterns and method of presentation. I decided to tight line my nymph down and across the pocket which allowed the nymph to pass through the pocket with less time for the trout to inspect the fly. On my second cast I saw the rainbow slam the nymph in the super clear water. The take was savage, and the fight was a stretch for my 3 wt. One of the fly fishermen near me was kind enough to take the shot of this beauty. This fish was one of my better trout from the Sipsey this year. Seeing this nice rainbow take my nymph was an awesome experience and a fitting way to end my morning outing.
 

Speaking of pocket, I will be out of pocket for the next couple of weeks; Cathey and I will be making a trip out west starting tomorrow; so no post for a while. I will be carrying my fly rod and hope to wet a fly especially in Yellowstone.

 

12 comments:

Kevin Frank said...

Nice bow, nothing better than sight fishing. Good luck in Yellowstone.

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Sometimes I think trout are more finicky than a cat.

Howard Levett said...

It's been awhile since I watched a trout slam a fly. Nice going with that nice bow! Have a fun/safe trip Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Just to wet a fly in some of those streams in Yellowstone will be my reward for visiting the park. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
The finicky statement is especially true on pressured waters. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I was lucky to get the trout to take the fly, because another fly fisherman had been toying with the trout and waded on down the tailrace before I made my first cast. It took a few minutes to land the rainbow using my 3 wt. ---never been out west before Cathey and I are really looking forward to the trip--thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Bill these fish come with degrees in being able to fake us out.
Many anglers make for selective trout.

Rivertoprambles.wordpress.com said...

You'll have a great time out West, Bill. Don't fish too close to the bison or the grizzlies!

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I would guess the trout on the Sipsey and the Farmington have PHD's-----thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
I haven't a clue as to where to fish in the park, so probably the first stream I see I will give a try. Thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Keep us updated when you can

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Will do-----still on the way there, will be in Yellowstone Monday and Tuesday. Thanks for the comment