Monday, March 28, 2016

High Sticking in Pocket Water

I wanted to try my new furled leader out today, so no generating and off I went to the Sipsey. I forgot it was a holiday weekend, so that explained all the vehicles in the parking area and on the side of the road for a weekday. This didn’t discourage me, because I knew exactly what I was going to do; use the high sticking method on some of the pocket water I normally fish with a mono leader mending technique. 

The video below shows some of the trout I landed using the High Sticking technique in this one particular hole which is about 5 ft. deep. A couple of boulders on both sides of the hole caused fast current in the seam and at the end of the hole a swirl of back current creates the pocket. By starting the nymph drifting at the mouth of the hole, through the middle and into the back swirl; I got the maximum attention of the trout, which were settled in a depth of 4 to 4 ½ ft. I was using a 6 ft. furled leader with 5 ft. of 6X tippet, the tippet was the part of the leader that got the work. The water was super clear, so the lighter tippet made for more action.

P.S. I am using a new program call Handbrake to increase the volume on my videos now, it works great and I hope this is an improvement from my volume in the filleting video.
I'll use today’s trip as another learning experience in my quest to become a better trout fisherman!!  

14 comments:

Lester Kish said...

Bill, is 6X standard for those fish on Sipsey?

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
Some fisherman there use 5X, but they don't seem to land as many trout as the guys who use 6X. The water is so clear one needs to go with the lightest tippet possible when fishing the Sipsey. I seldom use anything under a 6X because I know the size trout I am going to land, and sometimes if I'm lucky I will land a 12 to 14 inch, which is special for the Sip. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Well done Bill.
6x is my standard tippet....I very seldom use any thing else.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I started using 6X tippets a few years ago and saw an increase in catch ratio. The Sipsey is super clear all the time, so it just made sense to use lighter tippets. Thanks for the comment

Howard Levett said...

Good camera work Bill and the volume seems much better. Did you grade the furled leader?

Michael Agneta said...

Nice water, video was great, audio was plenty clear.
You can add me to the 6X army. If I'm fishing for trout, it's my flavor of choice.

Justin Carf said...

Very nice, Bill. Did you notice a difference when drifting with the furled leader? I like the positive attitude, too. I know most guys would be discouraged going to a spot and seeing so many vehicles when there shouldn't be.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I think the new program did improve the sound quality--my next post will address the furled leader--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
I made trip today to further evaluate the furled leader and have a report in the coming days---I wanted to try some different drifting techniques today before I decide to use the leader. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Michael
Thanks for stopping by, I've decided that I get more takes using the 6X verses the 5X---the only downer is I lose some trout with the lighter tippet. Thanks for the comment

Walt Franklin said...

I'm not much for watching fly fishing videos, Bill, but this one is simple, clear and instructional, so thank you for that.

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
I am not one to watch a fly fishing video with music background, I want to hear nature and trout splashing water; thanks Walt for the comment.

Kevin Frank said...

Nice video, that run looked beautiful.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Thanks, but I still have some work to do when it comes to filming. Thanks for the comment