Saturday was a day for me to try a fly that one of my bloggers had mailed me last week. Tyler Legg ties his own flies and I had made a comment on his blog about a particular fly he had tied some weeks ago. The fly was unlike anything I had ever seen because there was a movement to the fly when retrieving through the water. It was in a nymph pattern but with the twist of a tail movement. The minute I saw it I knew I had to try it at Smith Lake off the rock wall where the water reaches depths of 50 ft. This is where some of the largest bluegills in the lake hang out year round. Notice I said year round, some of these big bulls never go on bed they are there even during the spawn. They feed off of the tiny shrimp that make there home in the crevasses of the rock walls. This little nymph pattern that Tyler had tied mimicked those little shrimp to the letter. My fishing buddy who fishes for bass, begin the trip at daybreak, because in Alabama in June, July or August if you are going to fish you will need to be on the water at daybreak and leave by 10:00 A.M. Why, the “HUMIDITY” it gets so uncomfortable until it makes for a bad trip if you try to endure the rest of the day casting and moving from spot to spot. I know when I was younger I could endure the heat much better, but now that I am older I can’t endure the heat and humidity as well as could back then. Being retired helps with the weather factor, because I can pick and choose when I want to wet a fly, so early in the morning works for me. I decided to use my 5 Wt because I needed the power to set the hook 10 to 15 ft. down. To achieve the leader length I wanted and still keep my floating line I attached a tippet 6 ft. to the 9 ft. leader. I was making fairly short cast perpendicular to the rock walls, and slowly working the nymph back from the wall 4 to 5 ft. If the hit was going to occur it would usually come within 2 to 3 ft. from the wall. My first bang came on a short cast to an open hole in the wall as the nymph slowly sink to the tip of the fly line. I was not using any kind of indicator, because I knew I had to go deep to get most of the hits so I was basically tight lining. There was no mistaking the hit when it occurred. My 5Wt. rod proved to be the perfect match for the type of fishing I was doing. I spent the rest of the morning moving in and out of the rock wall indents and sharp points picking off one bull gill after another, until the sun and humidity forced us to head by to the launch. A big thanks to Tyler Legg for putting this little gem in my hands. I know he has tied a winner here.
Notice the redear upper left hand corner--they loved that little wiggle in the nymph
Great fighting fish on the fly--crystal clear waters