Monday, August 26, 2019

My Best Trout Fishing the Sipsey

This past Tuesday I spent a few hours fishing the Sipsey. I was fishing numerous flies trying different presentations in some of the familiar spots I frequent here. As I've said before the Sipsey gets tremendous fishing pressure being the only cold water tailrace in the state. So in order to land trout here, one needs to be persistent, have patience and a willingness to work for the trout you catch.   
The results of persistence, patience, and willingness to work enabled me to land this 20-inch rainbow, the largest I've ever caught on the Sipsey. A tremendous workload for my 10 ft. 3 wt.
High sticking or Euro Nymphing made it possible to work these pocket holes standing downstream and letting my nymph do its magic! Overcast skies helped conceal my presence as I worked in these areas. Sometimes one trout can make a trip and today it proved true for me!!

12 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Pretty impressive rainbow there Bill.
Those kind of fish really test a fly rod.

Feather Chucker said...

Nice bow!

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
The high sticking technique was the best way to fish the pocket holes. I don't believe the holes are ever fished, at least I've never seen anyone fishing them. I forgot to mention in the post I was using a tiny weight about 8" above the nymph to help keep the fly in the hole a little longer. There was no mistaking the hit when this trout took the fly he nailed it and the fight was on. This fish would have snapped my 5X tippet if I hadn't got it on my drag quickly. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
This fish has made my season for the Sipsey. One seldom lands big trout here, mainly because they stay so concealed. I was a lucky fly fisherman last Tuesday. Thanks for the comment

billp said...

Nice fish Bill!

rivertoprambles said...

It all came together nicely for this experience, didn't it. A fine catch, Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Billp
Thanks for the comment and visiting Fishing Through Life

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
When fishing the Sipsey never assume the trout will be taking the same fly on your previous trip. I found that out last Tuesday. Thanks for the comment

RalphsFlyBox said...

Looks like a nice day on the water with nice returns for your efforts. My best to you as well!

Bill Trussell said...

Ralph
Fished for a couple of hours before I made the connection; it was a unforgettable day for me on the Sip!! Thanks for the comment

Michael Agneta said...

WOW! That's an awesome fish - a true trophy, and a personal best to boot! Congrats, that Euro nymphing really paid off.

Bill Trussell said...

Michael
The Euro nymphing is a great way to fish tight places. I find it helps me keep most the fly line off the water and on the reel. The 10 ft. length is perfect for me mainly because of the lightness. Anything longer would be hard for me to fish with. Thanks for the comment