I hope to use this blog as an avenue to express my thoughts and adventures of all of my fishing expeditions and any other journeys I may undertake.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Natchez Trace,Little Jewel,Branch Streams
I spent last weekend
in Mississippi visiting my brother and his wife. Thank goodness this trip occurred before my fall at
the gym on the following Monday. My brother wanted to spend
Saturday revising some of our boyhood places we fished in ChoctawCounty which is where we were born. We find as we get older
we like going back in time and reliving those moments in our lives. Our main
objective this trip was to connect with some of the streams we fished years ago
and hopefully find new ones that could be fished with the fly rod. Sorry to say
we didn’t find any small stream that a fly rod would work well on; so on to our
backup plan which enabled us to use our low grade Tenkara rods. When I say low
grade that doesn’t mean this rod is cheap in the form of performance but cheap
in the wallet. We paid ten bucks each for our Little Jewel telescopic 10 ft.
bream poles on clearance last year. These little light rods were the perfect
match for the small streams we found throughout the afternoon.
Fast water drops off into
a nice pool here, which had numerous shiners that inhaled our wax worms. The
Little Jewel was rigged with 4lb test line tagged with a trout indicator float
and a bb shot above a tiny bream hook. We were hoping to land some colorful sun
fish, but none were present in this pool.
The wax worm doubles as a
wasp grub; making these shiners take notice. One big drawback to using wax worms
is temperature, they need to be kept in the refrigerator when not being used;
they die when exposed to warm temps for 4 to 5 hours.
Some of the roadways are
lined with creek channels which overflow across the gavel roads during the
Nice hole in the bend of
Hamrick Branch, which is located right off the Natchez Trace Parkway; fun using the Little Jewel in this pool. Even small
shiners can put a bend in this pole.
Another scenic stream off
Trace Parkway, which probably could have been fished with the fly rod, but at the
end of the day I just choose to stay with my new found Tenkara.
This stream is located
just off the parkway with easy access to its sandbars along its banks. Today’s
road trip was not about landing a bunch of fish; it was more about time well
spent exploring and finding future fishing streams along the beautiful Natchez
Trace Parkway. As we were headed back home we both agreed that today’s outing would
have been an excellent field trip for young kids to get in touch with nature.
Thanks to all you guys for giving me encouragement after my fall last week, the ankle is getting better.