Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Going Light on The Sipsey

I’ve been waiting about a week to make today’s trip to the Sipsey, because my game plan was to go super light using my new 7 ½ ft. 2 weight. I purchase the fly rod mainly to fish in the Smokies, but I decided I would use it today to break it in on the Sipsey rainbow. June of last year was the last time that I wet a fly in the Sipsey since we moved to Tennessee.  

Upon arrival I found one other truck, so I knew I would have the place pretty much to myself most of the afternoon. The skies were a crystal blue with a slight breeze out of the northeast most of afternoon. I entered the gorge at access six and saw no surface movement, so most of the afternoon was spent fishing nymphs. I did manage to take a few trout on top but I think the trout were annoyed with the presence of the fly as oppose to really eating the fly. The drift had to be near perfect to get a take on any pattern. I’m really glad I had numerous boulders to sit on because I did a lot of experimenting with different patterns most of the afternoon. A lot of fun takes and a lot of trout lost today.
This was the size trout today that broke the 2 weight in on its first outing. I kept wondering on the way home why I missed a lot of takes today; could be slow reflex and learning to fish the a lighter fly rod. What ever it was I enjoyed the afternoon on one of my favorite tailraces.
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12 comments:

The Bluegill Bug said...

Beautiful Rainbows, Bill. Congratulations on getting out and getting some quality time in...

I must have missed the news. Did not realize you had a new two weight rod. You will have to fill me in!

Lester Kish said...

Glad to hear that you made it back to your old "home water" and had clear water to float a fly. Most of our rivers are running high and muddy and likely will stay that way for some time. How long is the drive to the Sipsey from your home?

Brk Trt said...

Nice going Bill, handling those big fish on a 2 wt.

Howard Levett said...

Great to hear you got out on the Sipsey Bill! I've never fished with a two weight before but I imagine that perhaps that was the reason for missing a few fish.

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I am kind of behind on my blogging and this was my first post in over two weeks---been super busy with family. I am going to do a post on the 2 wt. and 3 wt. in a couple of weeks. Glad to land my first rainbow of the season. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
The Sipsey is not your average tailrace, because it makes you think you are fishing a wild trout stream out your way; it is that beautiful. It was worth every mile of the 145 miles I drove to fish it again. It fact the drive was so easy I will making numerous trips before fall. Hope the rivers clear up for you soon. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Quite a challenge at times yesterday landing some of the better rainbow with the 2, made for a fun afternoon---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I agree the rod could have been the factor in losing some of the trout yesterday--I will be doing a post on fishing a 2 weight in the coming weeks. Thanks for the comment

Walt Franklin said...

Glad you had a fun afternoon with a 2-weight, Bill. I'll be interested in reading your report on how the casting goes on open spaces with the light-line rod. I'll soon be fishing with a new 2/3-weight rod but haven't yet tried the lighter line. Thanks!

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
I can't wait to give it a try in the Smokies in the near future. I will be doing a post on its performance soon. Thanks for the comment

Mark Wittman said...

Nice going Bill! I am sure you will enjoy the light rod. It should be really nice for fishing the Smokies

Bill Trussell said...

Mark W.
Love fishing light---thanks for the comment