Thursday, June 6, 2019

Nymphing With the IM 10 ft. 3 Wt.

My blogging has taken a hit lately with two weeks spent in the state of Texas visiting in-laws. No fishing on this trip just sightseeing some interesting places with a lot of history. 
Cathey and I arrived back in Jasper late Sunday evening and was glad to be home. No fishing for two weeks is tuff for me to experience, so my number one goal Monday was to line a trip up for the coming week. The weather forecast was rain for this week with the exception of a couple of days. Tuesday was going to be my best day fishing the Sipsey. 
By the way, how many of you guys have discovered you left your fly rod at the house after you get to your fishing destination? That was the second time that had happened to me; you would think I would learn??? That debacle cost me forty minutes of fishing on the Sipsey. 
I encountered low water as evident by all the moss-covered rocks scattered on the floor of the gorge. I'm not a fan of fishing low water on the Sipsey because the trout can spot you in the shallows as opposed to the normal deeper water: but I didn't let this deter me from fishing this morning, so I made the best of a challenge. 
I choose to fish all the fast water because the current could hide me much better than the slower shallow water. I did have to do some tricky wading to get into position at times to present my fly. It proved to be worth the effort
in helping me land some choice rainbow. 
My first rainbow took using my IM 10 ft. 3 wt. nymphing rod tightlining nymphs along the edges of the fast current seams. I never touched this beauty, simply removed the nymph with my forceps and he swims out of the net. We've had some really quality rainbow released in the Sipsey this past month. 
Sorry for the poor quality of this image, but I was trying to get the photo standing in some really fast water. In fact, I almost lost my balance and took a dip, which would have really lessened my fishing time. 
Today's trip was a practice session for Jason and me to use our 3 wt. 10 ft. nymphing rods on the Little River in the Smoky Mountains the last of this month. We hope to land some of the native rainbows, browns and brook trout there.


Mark Kautz said...

Looks like you did OK for "small" water.

rivertoprambles said...

Bill, I've had trouble getting through with my account, so if you get multiples of this, just bag 'em... Nice job of dealing with a challenging situation on the river. A 10-ft. 3 wt. makes an interesting choice for nymphing rod. I've never left a fly rod at home, but once I drove two hours to find that I'd forgotten a fly reel. Ah well, live and learn!

Brk Trt said...

Bill, low water has some challenges and can be frustrating.
That rainbow is a handful as is fishing a ten footer.
Well done.

Bill Trussell said...

The trip was better than I expected. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

A 10 ft. fly rod is one of the main fly rods used on the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. I'm looking forward to using it there in a couple of weeks. It did perform well on the Simpsey. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

I've said the 10 ft. fly rod is the closest I will ever get to the Tenkara; I did very little casting on this trip. I knew I was probably going to be high sticking with the fly rod because of low water. I was letting the nymph just dead drift through the edges of the fast water. The 10 footer work well for that task. Thanks for the comment

RalphsFlyBox said...

Great to hear you like the rod. Very nice fish.

Bill Trussell said...

My first experience using a 10 footer; still working on getting use to casting it if I'm not nymphing---thanks for the comment