Thursday, September 27, 2018

Quality Rainbow Landed on The Sipsey

This time of year when one fishes the Sipsey they can expect high humidity which will produce heavy fog over its cool waters. I'll admit it adds beauty to the place but it also hinders one's ability to see a dry fly take. Sound most of the time is what you rely on to detect the hit. Fortunately, I was spared the blind dry fly take this morning because there were no rises in the area I was fishing. All the trout taken this morning would come from fishing a nymph.
This beauty was landed hovering close to the bottom, in fact, I was adjusting the depth of the indicator numerous times as I search for trout to take my offering. Getting a good drift was somewhat hard to achieve this morning because the release at the dam was slower than usual which gave a slower drift. I've found when the release is slow at the dam one needs to fish deeper for a take.
This trout displayed plenty of fight as it went airborne a number of times trying to throw the nymph. A trout tail walking along the water surface is water ballet at its best.
The two hours I had to fish this morning was very productive enabling me to land numerous trout this size. I'm having to plan ahead for the days I'm going to be fishing now because of the construction on the house has moved inside.
Notice the boots of another fly fisherman in the picture, he was willing to let me use his net to land this trout. Forgetting your net and leaving it at the truck is not being very organized. I lost 20 minutes of good fishing walking back to the truck and back to the tailrace to retrieve the net, hopefully, there's a lesson learned here.

 The net came in handy right after I got back on the water helping me land this colorful rainbow. It was good to take a break from the lake fishing and get to land some really quality trout!!


David Knapp said...

Bill, good to see that you are getting some fishing time in!

Brk Trt said...

Well done my friend.
Those are some broad shouldered rainbows.
Looks like the Sipsey waters are cold.

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks David for stopping by, these trout were some of the best I've landed since returning to my home waters----glad to be back home in Jasper. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

These were some of the most powerful trout I've landed on the Sipsey! Thanks for the comment

Feather Chucker said...

Nice bow! It's good to see someone is out fishing. I sure haven't been.

Bill Trussell said...

I hope you get in a few trips before it really gets cold there. Thanks for the comment

RalphsFlyBox said...

Great looking water. Beautiful trout as well. Thanks for bringing us along.

Bill Trussell said...

One of my better trips this year on the Sipsey, glad you dropped by--thanks for the comment

cofisher said...

Beautiful water and nice fat, healthy fish. Nice going Bill!

Josh said...

I tied up a bunch of trout flies last fall only to skip out and wait for smallmouth. I want to go but I've not had the greatest experiences with people on what can become a crowded stream. I usually drift nymphs and adjust my indicator. Or, just wait until I fish at dad's stream and let him rig me up.

Bill Trussell said...

A rare find on the Sip---I really got a bang out this trip--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

One has to be really innovative when fishing pressured streams, and the Sipsey is one of those streams---hope you make it out soon on your favorite stream. Thanks for the comment