Seven nice river smallmouth this evening

IveofIone

Active Member
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With temps down almost 15 degrees from earlier in the week it seemed like a good opportunity to hit the river. I parked and walked upstream about 20 minutes through the boulder field to some good looking water I hadn't fished yet this year. The 3rd cast yielded a fine 12'' smallie on a crawdad imitation. I tried using a Type IV full sink to get the fly down quicker but the river is so rocky it was just futile. I would have been better off just taking a dozen flies out of my box and throwing them in the water then string up a different line. I put on a floating line with an intermediate sink ghost tip and cut my fly losses more than in half.

Most of the fish were bigger this time out and gave a good account of themselves in the heavy current. Biggest fish of the night was a 16" fish that I thought sure was 5# when I hooked it. I was wading out as far as possible then making hero cast beyond a current tongue to reach the deeper water. The fish put the current to work and stripped a healthy amount of line off in strong downstream surge. It was only about 2 1/2# but it put a hell of a bend in my 5wt. I took several other nice fish 12'' or over on rust colored rubber leg patterns.

It never occured to me before tonight that a spey rod might not be a bad idea on this river. The section I fish is about 150 yards wide and fishing weighted nymphs and rubber legs pretty much limits fishing to the first 40 feet or so. Being a tailwater the level goes up and down constantly and I am getting the sense that the bigger fish stay out in the deeper water where they are not so much affected by the day to day yo-yoing of the water level. Just wondering if anyone is using a spey rod for smallmouth on big water. It seems to make sense with so many big trout in the river also.

It was another good outing and I only saw one other guy on the river. I visited with him right at dark and he said he had caught 2 sticks and a small bass on gear. He needed rubber legs-they were hot.

Ive
 
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Evan Virnoche

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#3
I have abandoned my single handers unless it is a small stream or I am fishing on the move from a boat. If I am streamer fishing I use my 4wt echo switch and love it. two handers are just so dam fun and taking fish on the swing is even more fun
 
#4
So what river was this and which rock were you standing on.
I've got to drive for miles and miles to find good smallie water, then still can't catch any.