Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Learning Curve

My phone alarm went off at 5 AM and I was up and ready by 5:45 for my next fishing class on the Caney Fork. That’s what my trips are like every time I wet a fly on this beautiful tailrace now. I arrived at 7:30 suited up and made my way to some new areas on the river that I’ve not fished before. As usual the fog was present with no surface activity at all. With expectations of landing stocker trout again today I decided I would use my 3 wt. 9 ft. Streamflex.    

 
Any of you guys think the brown is more of a fighter than the rainbow and brook?
How I wish I could get my grass in my front yard to look this green----a trout supermarket for sure.
I’m still trying to break the 14” mark here and so far those size trout have eluded me. Fishing the Caney is going to take much more work on my part to equal the success I had on the Sipsey in Jasper Alabama.
Thought I would share some images of my son Jason who lives in Sacramento fishing from his new Hobie Kayak. Fuller Lake north of Sacramento is one of the mountain lakes he fishes there.
 One of the colorful rainbow he landed for the afternoon fishing Lake Fuller!!


 


12 comments:

Walt Franklin said...

It's fun getting an education on the water casting lightweight fly rods. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

Kevin Frank said...

I can't say I think browns fight any harder than brooks. There does definitely seem to be a difference between wild river trout and stockers. The wild ones definitely put up a greater fight.

TROUTI said...

Bill
I know the large holdover browns, wild browns and the "Survivor" Strain browns on the Farmington River here in CT fight harder then the stockies. Some of the larger holdover rainbows also give you quite the battle. The wild brookies in their own right put up a pretty good fight too. I would agree with Kevin Frank that the wild trout put up a better fight.

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
The StreamFlex is exceptional lightweight fly rod and perfect for those stocker trout there. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I hope one day I get to land a wild trout in the Smokey Mountains which is only four hours from my house. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Pete
I agree the holdover browns and rainbows on the Caney will give a 5 or 6 weight a good bend; I hope to have an opinion in the coming months about the fight of the wild trout. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Bill there's no better place to get an education than on trout rivers.
As John Voelker said..."trout all have framed masters degrees in evasion"

Howard Levett said...

Hey Bill, this is enjoyable! I'm talking about the beautiful Caney and watching you learn to master those nice browns. My experience is the browns out our way generally give you a better fight unless you hook up with a wild rainbow. They go nuts when they feel the hook.

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Bill ~ I will tell you right now, that the brown trout has a more powerful fight than the rainbow. I had a twenty race across the river from me yesterday and with it almost to my backing, he wasn't budging. They seem to be smarter than the rainbow too. He knew right where there was undergrowth to hide in and for me to break off. So, I want to send you that package this week. Will you be in town?

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I doubt the fly fisherman will even gain the upper hand in landing every trout they spot. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I hope to get the thrill of landing a wild trout one day before I hang up the fly rod. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
I can now verify the difference between the fight of a 19 rainbow and the fight of a 19 brown, which happened on my guided trip fishing the Caney early Sunday morning. Guess who won the fight---------the brown by far---details in my next post.

Cathey and I will be here all week, looking forward to sample those delicious treats thanks--
Bill Trussell
3045 Dogwood Trail
Spring, Hill Tennessee 37174