Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Mixture


The grandkids have been after me since we moved into our house to build them a tree house. So being the devoted Pops; I started the project last week with the layout for a 5 ft. X 8ft. tree house which needed to be this big for all three children to have room to play. One of the hardest parts of building the house was climbing up the 7 ½ ft. ladder steps to get to the floor to add floor boards, and sides. Another good workout constructing this project was digging the 2 ft. deep holes the 4 X 4 post was set in; thank goodness for gym time.
 


I finally worked a trip in today to the Caney Fork between all the generation. The schedule on the website showed no generation from 8 AM to 1 PM. Surprise, surprise generators turned on at 11:30 disappointing a lot of fishermen.
Lots of trout could be seen at every logical place I fished, telling me the tailrace had recently been stocked.
This stocker brown trout was one of many I brought to the net in the 2 hours I had to fish, before high fast moving water caused me to leave. When the horn sounds at this place indicating generation, you need to leave the water. Don’t wait to make that last cast. The midge was the hot fly the trout were taking during the short stay. I don’t like to fish tiny flies, but the size 20 and 22 got their attention.

I always enjoy sharing fly fishing with others who want to learn more about the sport. Tate who is an employee at the boat dock at Montgomery Bell State Park joined me in the Pelican recently for a day of casting the 2/3 weight fly rods. He had fished the lake with his 5 weight but had never fished really light fly rods there. I think it’s safe to say he will be purchasing a 3 weight very soon. He landed numbers of bluegill that day using the light tackle. Thanks Tate for reminding me that fly fishing is alive and well for the young.    

14 comments:

Howard Levett said...

Bill that's a super treehouse! I am so glad that I don't have to worry about generation. I don't think I'd fare very well when that siren screams or horn honks or whatever it does. I'm looking forward to more adventures on the Caney...thanks!

The Bluegill Bug said...

I am thinking "Pops" is going to be a popular guy for awhile as long as that tree house is in the works. Hope they enjoy all the fun.

Good to hear that you helped out another fly fisherman find the joy of Bluegill fishing on a light rod..........

Lester Kish said...

Bill, I hope there's enough room for you in the treehouse too. Pops will be even more popular if he brings ice cream and lemonade.

Brk Trt said...

Bill great finish to that tree house. Being a hunter I'd love it as a very comfortable tree stand.

Nice to see a brown in your hand, a change for sure from the rainbows of the Sipsey.

Mark Kautz said...

Amazing how the older you get the harder it is to get up the ladder. If I spend too much time on one, I tend to have numerous leg cramps. Good job on the tree house.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
The one downer about fishing tailraces is the generators. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The grandchildren played in it yesterday afternoon, a lot of fun for the kids and pops too. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
My time on the tree house ladder is limited, now that it is built, it was a killer going up and down that thing to complete floors and rail. Good thing I had Cathey down on the ground to hand me tools and boards. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
We see deer and turkey from atop the tree house in the field behind us, usually in the mornings and afternoons. They seem to know where they are safe.
I was glad I got to handle some brown trout for a change, and would have brought more to hand if the generation had stayed on schedule. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
Funny you mention food and drink, I built shelves around the top with a back stop board to keep things from falling onto the ground-----They've had food and drinks up there. Thanks for the comment

Ralph Long said...

Bill, Great post and very nice treehouse. any time you can affect another fisherman in a positive way, you're doing something worthwhile.

Bill Trussell said...

Ralph
You know I'm kind of worried about this generation when it comes to fly fishing; I seldom see young kids fly fishing. I'm glad Tate showed an interest in fly fishing that day. Thanks for the comment

Walt Franklin said...

From treehouse to trout with enjoyment for the young at heart-- a wonderful mix, Bill. Thanks for the good work.

Bill Trussell said...

The treehouse and trout quite a combination---thanks for the comment