Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Micro Swivel/Vanish Flourocarbon

 


This past Friday was another steller day fishing Smith Lake for bluegill and spotted bass. I was alternating between my 3, 4, and 5 weight fly rods. All the fly rods I use to fish the lake are nine feet medium to light action. I like to use 4X, 5X, and 6X weight leaders in 9 ft. and 7 1/2 ft. lengths. I always snip at least 24 to 30 inches of the tippet section off and add a micro swivel to the remaining leader. This tiny little swivel is a must when fishing surface flies and poppers. The swivel gives me the advantage of adding tippet to a leader that lasts me a couple of seasons. The swivel also keeps my tippet line from twisting, when casting different size popper. As soon as the tippet section reduces to 8 to 10 inches from changing poppers I tie on a new tippet line. By following this procedure I'm always fishing with a new tippet line. You may be thinking I am spending a bunch on tippet material; not so when I can buy 100-yard spools of Berkley Fluorocarbon Vanish 4lb. 6lb and 2lb. test line that will last me years. What impresses me about this line is its low memory and being super clear. The spooled Vanish line and the Micro Swivel are money savors for the fly fishermen on a budget and retired!

The orange Bea Popper is still the favorite of the bluegill and bass! I use the size 10 for bluegill and the size 8 for the bass. The next 5 to 6 weeks is prime topwater action on the lake using surface poppers.  Hopefully, I can make a trip happen soon on the tailrace. 

10 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Bill your set up sounds like it fits your fishing situations just right. I like the fact that you buy bulk in tippet material. Being frugal at any age is important but especially when your income is fixed. I use Orvis Mirage, I really don't use a great deal of it for the simple reason I don't change flies often.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I found out a couple of years ago one doesn't have to spend a ton of money on leaders and tippet line when regular mono line will work just as well. The set-up I described in the post will last me the rest of my fishing days. Thanks for the comment

Al R. said...

I often use the exact same setup, although a bit heavier in the tippet section (and sometimes a bite tippet). There are no fly shops near me so much of my material is mail-order, but the local sports/bait shops carry Berkley Flouro and all sorts of mono. I do use some long 6x and 7x for trout, but most of my leaders are homemade. 100 yds. of tippet? Yeah, that should last awhile! Good fishing!

Mark Kautz said...

Hey Bill. My secret for catching trout. Fluorocarbon leader.

rivertoprambles said...

Bill, I enjoyed reading your tips on tippets & lake fishing, as well as your previous post-- a thoughtful account on keepsakes from the heart of family traditions. Thank you for sharing them.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Vanish Fluorocarbon is my choice of line to fish in the clear water on Smith Lake. In fact II can't see it being visible at all in the clear water. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Air
Glad to know someone else beside me has found a way to save on some of the accessory items in fly fishing. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
A fly fishing buddy of mine got me to try the swivel. I changed all my leaders from the tippet ring connection to the swivel; that's how impressed I was with it. The only time I use the tippet ring now is for adding another fly above my point fly when fishing for trout. Thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Lucky you. Our bass season is quickly coming to an end. We will be in the 40's in two weeks. I use a tippet ring to add on the last two to three feet It's worked for me just fine. I don't have to replace too much line, even when it gets snagged under a rock. Good to see you catching those fish!!

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
I wish we had cooler temps here instead of all this rain. I've got a few more weeks of fishing on the lake before the top action stops. I couldn't do without my tippet ring. Thanks for the comment