Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When Poppers Fail—Part 2


Today's title is appropriate for this post because simply put no popper produced today on Smith Lake. The daylight trip started with a couple of true and tried poppers that usually get hits but the bass and bluegill were not interested. Smith Lake is on the draw down right now causing the fish to move to deeper water. In fact before the draw down is complete Smith will fall at least 12 to 15 feet before the water levels start to rise again after the first of the year.
Overhanging limbs hanging from huge trees growing on the top of the rock walls; small bushes and even small trees rooted in the rock walls produced a tremendous amount of food for the fish. In other words this kind of bank is the Walt-mart super market for all the fish species waiting below.
This healthy spot exploded on the Moth as soon as it touched the silk smooth water surface. Notice I said Moth, not Muddler; my reasoning is it mimics the small moths I've seen stationed on some of the tree limbs here. The fight this fish put forth was worth getting up at 4:30 AM. He was released to fight another day!!!
These four gills nailed the Moth in different ways making me think a couple were annoyed with the fly and a couple really wanted a meal; one will make the quest count.
I've fished a lot of waters in my years of fishing but when it comes to beauty and an abundance of fish Smith tops them all!!!  

8 comments:

Mark Kautz said...

A day worth being on the water.

Brk Trt said...

Bill I love those rock walls.
Fishing is so much about change, and you going to another offering brought you the desired results.
Well done.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I'm blessed for sure! Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Smith is a picturesque lake for sure. Thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Your adventure was indeed plentiful! Good for you, Bill! I am ready for retirement... yesterday! Haha.

Walt Franklin said...

Beautiful silk-smooth surfaces reflecting very nice moth-hungry fish and an angler's dream... Thanks Bill!

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
Make the retirement move as soon as you can, nothing like it--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
The moth is the perfect fly to use on smooth water to get explosive hits. Thanks for the comment