Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Making up for Lost Time

I can’t believe it’s been nearly seven months since I’ve fished from my Pelican boat. Too many things too mention have kept me off the water, with moving and relocating in a new town and house as being the major obstacle.

This past Wednesday was my day for me to relax and take in the beauty of Laura Hill Lake in Lawrenceburg. I spent the better part of five hours reacquainting myself with my Redington and exploring areas that I know will hold fish in the coming months. Simply put; it was good to just be back on the water after a long hiatus. 
Laura Hill is surrounded by rolling hills and numerous nooks loaded with sub surface fallen trees; which is the ultimate fish attractor. I got some strange looks today using the fly rod. The lake caretaker told me no one fished the lake with the fly rod. That bit of information really got my attention.
I landed numerous gills this size today; all were taken using the Barr Nunn popper around the fallen trees in water 55 degrees. The bigger bluegills were still in the deeper water and won’t move into the shallows until the water temps reach the low sixties. A good workout for the 3 wt. 9 ft. and the guy who was placing the popper!! 

18 comments:

Mark Kautz said...

It's almost like you have the lake all to yourself.

Ralph Long said...

Looks like a great day on the water.

Mel - Fly Tyin' Times said...

Sure is great to read of you back on the water and chasing those Bluegill. Seems like you handled a few nice ones while you were enjoying your day. Question for you, Bill? If you were fishing from shore along the lakes, would your preference still be a 9' 3-wt? Just curious..... Is that a Redington Rod?

Kevin Frank said...

The weather definitely hasn't been normal which has affected fishing around here. I'm glad to see you got out to wet a line.

Walt Franklin said...

Nothing like messing about in a boat, especially on a pretty lake like this one. Good job, Bill.

Brk Trt said...

Bill good work getting out.
Show those fellas how a fly guy operates.

Howard Levett said...

Bill, that's wonderful! I hope this means the bluegill quest is starting.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I hope the fly rod issue stays the same for this lake ----thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
The bluegill quest is a bit of a puzzle for now, got to learn the new water. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Don't want to put on much of a fly fishing clinic on this lake for others to see---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
The numbers didn't really matter to me today; just being able to finally fish from the boat again was the bonus today!!! thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I used the 3 wt. 9 ft. early in the season, because I know I am going to land average size bluegill--during the spawn I will switch to the 4 weight 9ft. to give me a little more power. I used Redington fly rods for all my bluegill and small bass fishing, because of the lightness and feel I can achieve with them. I use the 3,4 and 5 wt. Redingtons, two 9 foot and one 8 1/2 ft. all are graphic. Hope you can make it out soon to land some bluegill using some of the bluegill patterns you've tying. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Ralph
I find as I get older, every trip is special. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
The Pelican boat is the ideal vessel for small lakes and float trips. Thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Sweet trip out! Those catches are amazing. Someday, I will get into other species...

Bill Trussell said...

RD
Getting use to the new surroundings, especially the new water---thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Always great to get out in the boat for the first time. Mine is still under cover but I'll be hauling it out in a little while as the lakes and ponds are just about ready to free up from being locked up all winter.

Bill Trussell said...

Hope you have a successful season boating and fishing as well---my wife and I will be making a trip to Maine in September. It is about a 1000 miles from our home here in Spring Hill; looking forward to visiting your state and dinning on some fresh seafood. Thanks for the comment