Friday, June 19, 2015

The Trout like Variety This Morning

My plan today was to be at the tailrace at 7 AM, but that just didn’t happen. I sit up the night before and watched the Cowboys, a 1972 John Wayne movie that didn’t end until 12:30. I could have recorded it but it was just too good to stop watching for the second time. I finally made it to the waters edge at 9:30 the next morning.
The humidity had already kicked in even at 9 AM, causing a haze of fog to cover the water surface. If one is on the tailrace early the fog is the main obstacle you have to contend with in the heat of summer. At times it makes it really difficult to see your indicator or dry fly. So the 9:30 arrival was kind of blessing in disguise.
The water today was extremely low with a slow flow most of the way up the channel. The generators had been turned off at 4 AM so the water had settled down quite nicely. I really like to fish this place when its low like today, because it give me a chance to fish areas on the other side of the channel that I never get fish.
My first trout of the morning on a beadhead nymph, which I thought was going to be my pattern for the morning; not the case. The trout today were into a smorgasbord of food choices. I must admit I’m not up on my Entomology aside from recognizing a midge, mayfly and possibly a gnat, but trust me none of those were on the menu. After the bead head went dead, experiment time set in.
Super clear water made it easy to see trout moving from deep pockets to current seams. The seams are where I had the most success. Feeding would decrease as the sun broke through the cloud cover. I am not a fan of fly fishing in the sun!!!
This rainbow was a little camera shy after a size 14 soft hackle was removed from his mouth.
I had plenty of company around me all morning. Some fishermen would leave and others would show up to try their hand at landing some rainbow. I talk to fly fishermen from Tennessee, and numerous cities all over the state. One guy traveled from the Alabama Gulf Coast just to fish the Sipsey.
Sorry for the bad camera work, which doesn’t do the colors on this trout justice? Most all the stock trout on the tailrace have very little color, this one was an exception. The size 20 renegade got its attention. Numerous trout were brought to hand today on various patterns throughout the morning which proved to me if the bite is slow keep experimenting.


looknfishy said...

Sounds like a great day. Like you, I have a better idea of what's in my fly box than identifying insect life on the river. I noticed how much knowledge I lacked when I was in the driftless last week. So much to learn...which is exciting.

Brk Trt said...

Bill a fine outing for sure.
I guess that's why we carry all those different flies.

David Knapp said...

Some good advice there. Whenever it gets slow, I always start changing patterns. Glad you had a good day!

Bill Trussell said...

I am still working on insect identification of this sport. Hopefully in time I will get better. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

I used a total of 7 different flies as the morning wound down. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

This trip brought back memories of you talking about changing flies often if things are slow in one of your recent post; glad I read that post. Thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Bill, is the 20 Renegade one or your go to flies?

Bill Trussell said...

The Renegade is a fly I seldom try on the Sipsey; it was one of many flies I tied that morning. My go to dry flies there are the Gnat and Adams , which got no attention from the trout that day. This trip proved to me if things are slow, start testing other patterns. I was changing flies every 15 to 20 minutes. Thanks for the comment

CARF said...

A find outing, Bill. I love fishing in the fog.

Bill Trussell said...

Trips like today is what makes trout fishing so enjoyable. Thanks for the comment