One Fish Can Make a Fishing Trip

I was fishing Smith Lake with one of my fishing buddies this past Thursday. Cloudy skies, very little wind and a heavy dose of humidity greeted us as we launched my Pro 170 Bass Tracker. This is my fourth Bass Tracker I’ve purchased throughout my fishing career and will be my last. The boat is the perfect size to maneuver the small sloughs I fly fish on the lake.

 



My first choice for today’s trip was the Sipsey Tailrace. I knew with the overcast skies the trout would be feeding on top, but Mike wanted to fish the lake for largemouth. We were fishing the back of some of the sloughs trying to locate spawning bluegills. It was a slow morning with both of us landing a few fish, me fishing my fly rod and Mike fishing his spin cast/combo. As we were leaving I decided to fish one of my favorite rock walls in Ryan Creek. I knew big bluegill hang out near the edges of the walls in Smith after the spawn to feed on the small fresh water shrimp.
After landing a few small gills near the edges of the wall using the Barr Nunn popper; I connected with what I thought was a good bluegill stationed inches away from the edge of the wall. The fish didn’t take the popper aggressively like the big bluegills I catch. It did swim fast to deep water as all the fish I land from the walls do, which caused me to take up slack line at a feverish pace. After getting the fish on the reel the drag started to sing and then I knew this was a bigger fish and maybe not a bluegill but a big spot. After playing the fish and getting it within viewing distance in the super clear water I knew I had a super size gill. As I lifted the bluegill in the boat I told Mike that he might be the largest bluegill I’d ever landed using the fly rod. I seldom take a picture with fish I catch but Mike convinced me that this fish was worth the mug shot. The bluegill nailed the popper in water 30 ft. deep and made a run for freedom in water 55 ft. deep. I know this fish was not in the spawning mode, because of the depth he was in. No fish were kept today and that included my prize catch. I released him not only for his heroic fight but because of his size and colorful markings. He was worthy of the quest count, which puts me 17 away from my goal. 
 
 
 

I was fishing Smith Lake with one of my fishing buddies this past Thursday. Cloudy skies, very little wind and a heavy dose of humidity greeted us as we launched my Pro 170 Bass Tracker. This is my fourth Bass Tracker I’ve purchased throughout my fishing career and will be my last. The boat is the perfect size to maneuver the small sloughs I fly fish on the lake.
 

My first choice for today’s trip was the Sipsey Tailrace. I knew with the overcast skies the trout would be feeding on top, but Mike wanted to fish the lake for largemouth. We were fishing the back of some of the sloughs trying to locate spawning bluegills. It was a slow morning with both of us landing a few fish, me fishing my fly rod and Mike fishing his spin cast/combo. As we were leaving I decided to fish one of my favorite rock walls in Ryan Creek. I knew big bluegill hang out near the edges of the walls in Smith after the spawn to feed on the small fresh water shrimp.
After landing a few small gills near the edges of the wall using the Barr Nunn popper; I connected with what I thought was a good bluegill stationed inches away from the edge of the wall. The fish didn’t take the popper aggressively like the big bluegills I catch. It did swim fast to deep water as all the fish I land from the walls do, which caused me to take up slack line at a feverish pace. After getting the fish on the reel the drag started to sing and then I knew this was a bigger fish and maybe not a bluegill but a big spot. After playing the fish and getting it within viewing distance in the super clear water I knew I had a super size gill. As I lifted the bluegill in the boat I told Mike that he might be the largest bluegill I’d ever landed using the fly rod. I seldom take a picture with fish I catch but Mike convinced me that this fish was worth the mug shot. The bluegill nailed the popper in water 30 ft. deep and made a run for freedom in water 55 ft. deep. I know this fish was not in the spawning mode, because of the depth he was in. No fish were kept today and that included my prize catch. I released him not only for his heroic fight but because of his size and colorful markings. He was worthy of the quest count, which puts me 17 away from my goal. 
 
 
 

One Fish Can Make a Fishing Trip

I was fishing Smith Lake with one of my fishing buddies this past Thursday. Cloudy skies, very little wind and a heavy dose of humidity greeted us as we launched my Pro 170 Bass Tracker. This is my fourth Bass Tracker I’ve purchased throughout my fishing career and will be my last. The boat is the perfect size to maneuver the small sloughs I fly fish on the lake.

 



My first choice for today’s trip was the Sipsey Tailrace. I knew with the overcast skies the trout would be feeding on top, but Mike wanted to fish the lake for largemouth. We were fishing the back of some of the sloughs trying to locate spawning bluegills. It was a slow morning with both of us landing a few fish, me fishing my fly rod and Mike fishing his spin cast/combo. As we were leaving I decided to fish one of my favorite rock walls in Ryan Creek. I knew big bluegill hang out near the edges of the walls in Smith after the spawn to feed on the small fresh water shrimp.
After landing a few small gills near the edges of the wall using the Barr Nunn popper; I connected with what I thought was a good bluegill stationed inches away from the edge of the wall. The fish didn’t take the popper aggressively like the big bluegills I catch. It did swim fast to deep water as all the fish I land from the walls do, which caused me to take up slack line at a feverish pace. After getting the fish on the reel the drag started to sing and then I knew this was a bigger fish and maybe not a bluegill but a big spot. After playing the fish and getting it within viewing distance in the super clear water I knew I had a super size gill. As I lifted the bluegill in the boat I told Mike that he might be the largest bluegill I’d ever landed using the fly rod. I seldom take a picture with fish I catch but Mike convinced me that this fish was worth the mug shot. The bluegill nailed the popper in water 30 ft. deep and made a run for freedom in water 55 ft. deep. I know this fish was not in the spawning mode, because of the depth he was in. No fish were kept today and that included my prize catch. I released him not only for his heroic fight but because of his size and colorful markings. He was worthy of the quest count, which puts me 17 away from my goal. 
 
 
 

I was fishing Smith Lake with one of my fishing buddies this past Thursday. Cloudy skies, very little wind and a heavy dose of humidity greeted us as we launched my Pro 170 Bass Tracker. This is my fourth Bass Tracker I’ve purchased throughout my fishing career and will be my last. The boat is the perfect size to maneuver the small sloughs I fly fish on the lake.
 

My first choice for today’s trip was the Sipsey Tailrace. I knew with the overcast skies the trout would be feeding on top, but Mike wanted to fish the lake for largemouth. We were fishing the back of some of the sloughs trying to locate spawning bluegills. It was a slow morning with both of us landing a few fish, me fishing my fly rod and Mike fishing his spin cast/combo. As we were leaving I decided to fish one of my favorite rock walls in Ryan Creek. I knew big bluegill hang out near the edges of the walls in Smith after the spawn to feed on the small fresh water shrimp.
After landing a few small gills near the edges of the wall using the Barr Nunn popper; I connected with what I thought was a good bluegill stationed inches away from the edge of the wall. The fish didn’t take the popper aggressively like the big bluegills I catch. It did swim fast to deep water as all the fish I land from the walls do, which caused me to take up slack line at a feverish pace. After getting the fish on the reel the drag started to sing and then I knew this was a bigger fish and maybe not a bluegill but a big spot. After playing the fish and getting it within viewing distance in the super clear water I knew I had a super size gill. As I lifted the bluegill in the boat I told Mike that he might be the largest bluegill I’d ever landed using the fly rod. I seldom take a picture with fish I catch but Mike convinced me that this fish was worth the mug shot. The bluegill nailed the popper in water 30 ft. deep and made a run for freedom in water 55 ft. deep. I know this fish was not in the spawning mode, because of the depth he was in. No fish were kept today and that included my prize catch. I released him not only for his heroic fight but because of his size and colorful markings. He was worthy of the quest count, which puts me 17 away from my goal. 
 
 
 

Bluegill Bonanza Fishing the Caddis

I had my phone set for 5 AM Tuesday to make my first bluegill fishing trip on Smith Lake this year. After eating a bowl of cheerios, oatmeal and some fruit I made it out the door. Tuesday’s forecast was cloudy skies and chance of rain in the afternoon and through the night; my kind of forecast fishing before a front.
My plan was to search and find bluegill spawning in as many sloughs as I could before the heat and humidity force me to leave. My first slough had numerous gills and one redeye native bass but not the big bulls I was searching for. The bass and female gills were killing the Caddis!!!
After fishing through five more sloughs I finally made a connection on my 7th slough. Three of kind here using the Foam Butt Caddis; my five weight was the perfect combo to land these bulls.
Unreal fight put forth by this gill, which left a few fibers of the Caddis sticking out of its mouth. During the spawn the male bluegill will attack anything that comes close to the beds.This bluegill was spawning in super clear water 11 ft. deep. It is unusual to find anymore than 5 or 6 bluegills spawning in the back of any of the sloughs on Smith. With over 500 miles of shoreline the fish are spread thin.
I continued to fish the back of nooks that I thought bluegills would spawn in. I seldom find them in the same sloughs year after year spawning. All the fish I found today were in new spawning waters. A lot of fish brought to hand today with these five worthy of the quest and the frying pan. I’m now 18 away from the finish! 

 

 

 

I had my phone set for 5 AM Tuesday to make my first bluegill fishing trip on Smith Lake this year. After eating a bowl of cheerios, oatmeal and some fruit I made it out the door. Tuesday’s forecast was cloudy skies and chance of rain in the afternoon and through the night; my kind of forecast fishing before a front.
My plan was to search and find bluegill spawning in as many sloughs as I could before the heat and humidity force me to leave. My first slough had numerous gills and one redeye native bass but not the big bulls I was searching for. The bass and female gills were killing the Caddis!!!
After fishing through five more sloughs I finally made a connection on my 7th slough. Three of kind here using the Foam Butt Caddis; my five weight was the perfect combo to land these bulls.
Unreal fight put forth by this gill, which left a few fibers of the Caddis sticking out of its mouth. During the spawn the male bluegill will attack anything that comes close to the beds.This bluegill was spawning in super clear water 11 ft. deep. It is unusual to find anymore than 5 or 6 bluegills spawning in the back of any of the sloughs on Smith. With over 500 miles of shoreline the fish are spread thin.
I continued to fish the back of nooks that I thought bluegills would spawn in. I seldom find them in the same sloughs year after year spawning. All the fish I found today were in new spawning waters. A lot of fish brought to hand today with these five worthy of the quest and the frying pan. I'm now 18 away from the finish!