Saturday, July 22, 2017

Camera "Malfunction" Fishing the Caney Friday

The title of this post pretty much sums up the mishap that occurred while landing lots of stocker size trout early Friday morning. In fact today’s trip was my best this year for the trout count on the Caney-------but a minus count when it came to camera work.

 I dropped my camera in the water while trying to take a picture of one the rainbows I landed. I knew it was gone when I couldn’t get it to turn back on, needles to say I lost all the images of today’s trip.

 A short recount of the morning trip, arriving early at 6:30 and was meet by lots of other fishermen and a super cloud of fog on the water. I started fishing with size 20 midge using an indicator in 2 to 3 ft. -depths. I got to touch a few rainbow, using the tiny fly, but as usual I kept losing too many to to continue fishing with it. So mid morning I decided to go with an 18 size midge. The 18 size proved to be my success ticket. I landed numbers of trout standing on a shallow sandbar and letting the midge drift into two seams, one to the left of the sandbar and the other flowing in at an angle; where the two deeper seams meet was the sweet spot. I know I landed at least a dozen trout in that one spot.
 I would land a few more browns and rainbows fishing small pockets closer to where my truck was parked before the generator forced me to leave. All the trout today was not anything larger than 12” but lots of fun to land using my 4 wt. 9 ft. Redington.

 So I’m looking for a new waterproof camera, any suggestions??? 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Previewing The Contour Roam 2 Video Camera

No fishing here for the past couple of weeks due to heavy rains just about everyday. Rivers are out of their banks and the lakes are 2 to 3 feet above full pool. Reading, watching Contour Roam 2 videos and thinking about fishing has consumed most of my time during this monsoon period . I decided to purchase the camera yesterday. I’m looking forward to putting it to good use in the coming weeks. I won’t go into the buying and returning the GoPro I thought I wanted to use. I'll just say the Contour is leaps and bounds ahead of the GoPro when being used as a helmet camera, because of its low profile. I can actually use the Contour attached to one of my caps, without movement. LET THE RAIN STOP!!

Side Note: This is my second Roam 2 Contour I’ve purchased. I decided in 2015 I wanted to film some of my fishing trips so the Contour was my choice of cameras then as it is now. My nephew is enjoying using my first camera.

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.    

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Capital “P” for Persistence Thursday on the Sipsey

As I drove the 145 miles Thursday to fish the Sipsey, I was thinking how easy it once was to drive the 12 miles from our house in Jasper. The trip now comes with a bit more importance than it did back then.
Partly cloudy skies keep the sun from penetrating the crystal clear waters of the area I was going to fish this day. The water level was somewhat low which makes the Sipsey more difficult to fish, and as always the pressure from other fly fishermen adds to the challenge.
This section is where my wading boots got the most use, fishing small pocket holes throughout the stretch. No surface activity at all caused me to stay down under with nymphs changing back and forth from tight lining to the indicator. I was using a furl leader today casting up stream and letting the nymphs drift slowly back to me. I choose to do this because of the super clear low water levels I encountered. The trout spook easy in these conditions and they had been hammered all morning by other fishermen.
I landed my first rainbow of the afternoon using a long 6X fluorocarbon tippet tipped with a size 20 tungsten beadhead midge.  My eyes had to strain a bit even with my magnifying glasses to thread the line through the eyelet of the fly. I seldom fish a fly this small but it was producing and I couldn’t complain.

The 4 weight today enabled me to get a little more backbone in the hook set, which I needed fishing those tiny nymphs. I wondered if this trout had spent a lot time in the deep holes of the Sipsey causing it to have very little color, but still beautiful. Persistence kept me focused this day through long periods of no takes.  A couple more rainbows would touch the net this afternoon, before I headed back home. 
I noticed this turkey hen in our backyard the other morning and ran and got my camera and took the shot through the window. I knew if I stepped outside on our porch it would spook. Not the best picture, which continues to make me search for a better quality camera. Hope you guys have a great week!!