Saturday, February 20, 2016

First Trout For 2016

Finally, I get to fish the Sipsey again; December the 15th.  2015 was my last trip. We had 2” of rain in Jasper Monday and I figured that the generators would be running full blast all week. Wow, was I surprised when I checked the generating schedule Wednesday. Thursday and Friday would be free of generation. I picked Friday, 70 degrees a little overcast and a slight wind would hopefully trigger some activity for me.
Apparently everyone else thought Friday was the day too; didn’t make me no never mind, I was going to fish!!

I was anxious to try out my new Prestige Plus fly line from Cabelas. I also want to see how effective the furled leader works fishing it on a downstream retrieve. I’ve never fished this type of leader, and understand from information I’ve read it really enhances a dry flies drift. I was ready to accept the fact that I would be changing leaders to fish the nymph and dry throughout the afternoon. I won’t complain if it improves my catch ratio.
Nymphs are my go-to pattern on the Sip, so the nymph was tied on and I was off to access 5. All the heavy rains had changed the color of the water to aqua green.
Numerous stockers were brought to hand this afternoon using my 9 ft. 3 weight StreamFlex which made me think at times I was landing 12” trout. I talk to one guy who was landing the stockers using a 6 weight----way OVERKILL!!
A guide trip in progress right below me, four fly fishermen above me and more on up the gorge; plenty of company.
This fatty put up quite a fight before I finally netted it. I thought I was going to lose this fish, because I kept thinking my 6X was going to break with each hard run it would make. 
Unusual markings on this little guy---I am wondering if this is a rainbow, what do you guys think??
The only downer for this trip were the coils I kept experiencing all afternoon forming at my feet; I am going to assume I spooled the line on wrong. I kept hoping I would get a chance to try out my new furled leader but no surface activity was present the entire afternoon. I was told by one guy that the hatch occurred early morning, so guess when I will be back? --------as if I needed a reason to come back!!!


dead fisher said...

Looks like you had a good day out, Bill.
The little one is a rainbow with parr markings, common to juvenile trout and salmon.

Mark Kautz said...

We see a lot of Rainbows like that one out here. Ya gotta love combat fishing.

Unknown said...

That's quite a fat and healthy looking rainbow.

cofisher said...

Bill, the Sipsey in those pictures looks a lot like Clear Creek. No wonder you love it so much. Glad you got caught up on your trout fishing.

Bill Trussell said...

First one I've landed with those kind of markings, kind of through me.
Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

That rainbow was a whole over from last year, Dale Hollow the hatchery in Tennessee seldom stocks that size. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

I did get my fix for the day; we are expecting more rain here this week so generation will take over next week. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

First one I've seen on the Sipsey--thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Nice outing Bill
That rainbow has parr markings and that's a young fish.
If they don't stock them that size then you may have a wild streambred rainbow.

Bill Trussell said...

Dale Hollow hatchery stocks the Sipseyt the majority of the time and I suspect there are more swimming in the waters. Thanks for the comment

rivertoprambles said...

The first trout of the year kind of breaks the ice for the angler, even when there's no ice to break (70 degrees!). The small rainbow has parr markings indicating it's a young one. Nice going, Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Anytime I can land ten trout or more on the Sipsey; I consider myself extremely lucky. The fishing pressure on this tailrace is heavy; so yes it was a great way to start the trout season for me. Thanks for the comment

CARF said...

Maybe just give your line some stretches in sections to keep it from coil. Heard a guide say that he does it every morning for his clients before they get to the launch.

Really nice outing, Bill. How did that leader work out for you...did you notice a difference in your drift?

Bill Trussell said...

I assume this will work on the fly line just as it works with my leader. I didn't get to try the furled leader because there was no surface activity at all--so stayed with the nymph all afternoon. Thanks for the comment

Feather Chucker said...

Nice post Bill. That smaller fish is a rainbow. Looks like a juvenile with par marks.

Bill Trussell said...

I thought it was a rainbow, but thought I would all you guys and make sure. Thanks for the comment

David Knapp said...

Great report Bill. Glad you were able to get out. Those fish look like they grow well in the Sipsey. Small heads and big football shaped bodies are the ingredients for hard pulling trout!

Bill Trussell said...

The whole overs really makes for a good fight on a 3 or 4 weight; couldn't have ask for a better day. Thanks for the comment