The Friday before Memorial Day weekend we headed out on our first “Fishing with Bob” trip for 2011. We had a fantastic day as far as the weather was concerned but the fishing was not so good. The continuos rain we have been getting caused limited access to the river. Basically we were stuck fishing at the 3 or 4 parking area/conoe launches. Normal water level affords a lot of river bank access and rock hopping to get out in the river. This was just not the case this day. As if not being able to fish as we would have liked wasn’t bad enough the ticks were ferocious. I was constantly flicking them off of my legs.
Now that I have the complaining out of the way. I did manage to catch one BROWN TROUT about 12″ long on my lucky WHITE ROOSTERTAIL from last season. My Trout was the only fish we witnessed being caught and judging by our conversation with fellow fisherman it was the only Trout caught by anyone.
When we realized the fishing was going to stink we became eager for lunch. Lunch consisted of some wonderful New York Strip Steaks from Amity Meat Market on the Woodbridge and New Haven line.
These steaks have become a tradition along with some massive baked potatos and buttered corn.
What really makes these steaks taste good is the fact that they are cooked on a real wood charcoal and not briquettes.
Aside from the tradition of fishing and steak there is the ritualistic beer and beef bonding session between Toby and Bob.
Lastly I upgraded Bob’s rod and reel. I gave him my G.Loomis GL2 and my DAIWA Advantage 2500A reel. He was using an old Quantum reel that had so many miles on it the line had worn grooves in the various bail parts.
This was also my first time out with the St Croix Rod and Shimano Sustain FE Reel but I will save that story for another day.
It looks like we will try to get back on the Housatonic in July or August.
Holy cow how is it I haven’t noticed the the SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML before today? If you aren’t familiar with the Shimano CI14 series of spinning reels they are moderately priced with features and quality that compete with with spinning reels costing $100 or more over the CI4.This spinning reel combined with a G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD will be the ultimate trout and panfish spinning outfit. It’s interesting to note while it’s no secret SHIMANO owns G.LOOMIS it’s unusual too see the manufacture specify the rods within the reel description. It’s the right spinning rod choice regardless for this reel.
I need a new ultralight spinning outfit to keep behind the seat of my pickup. I think I will get the G.LOOMIS TSR621 which is 5’2″ long and I will mate it with the Stradic CI4 Microline. Hopefully I will be able to purchase this combination by the end of May 2011. Stay tuned
SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML
ULTRALIGHT SPINNING ROD and REEL
This reel was built as part of our technical fishing system for fishing Light Line specifically light PowerPro. We designed this reel to fish 5lb and lighter PowerPro and put a new drag system in it so that you can fight a fish without concern when fishing lighter lines. Like all Stradic CI4 reels this reel comes with the Propulsion line management system for greater casting distance and is also packed with Shimano’s Paladin Gearing for super smooth retrieving. Strap this reel on an ultra light rod, preferably the G-Loomis Trout and Panfish Series loaded with PowerPro, and you will have the ultimate Light line System.
- Specialized for use with new PowerPro Microlines. Spool optimized to hold 150 yards of 4# PowerPro Microline
- Ultra-lightweight CI4 Frame, Sideplate and Rotor Construction
- Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
- Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
- Aero Wrap II Oscillation
- SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
- Aluminum Spool
- S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
- Machined Aluminum Handle
- Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
- Round EVA Handle Grip
- WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
- Maintenance Port
- Fluidrive II
- Floating Shaft
- Super Stopper II
- Repairable Clicker
- Approved for use in Saltwater
- Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD
A specialized series of spinning rods designed specifically for trout fishing. Using our proprietary “fiber blend” and GLX levels of performance, our goal is to provide anglers with a “sky is the limit” approach to the fishery. Originally made in 2-piece configurations for ease in transportability, a new – for 2010 – selection of 1-piece rods has been added for those anglers that want the ultimate in light weight and performance. Effective for lake or stream fishing, these rods are made with one objective in mind… to help serious trout anglers become more successful and enjoy their time on the water with the lightest, most sensitive rods available. Four models are available in GLX… two 1-piece and two 2-piece rods. The entire series features fast tips for the ultimate in control, whether your pitching a spinner, a marabou jig or drifting single eggs on your favorite creek . The “fiber blend” models feature a combination of regular cork and composite cork for a new, unique looking rear grip with up-locking reel seats and Fuji, single-foot Alconite guides. The GLX models feature Recoil guides, cork & foam grips with up-locking reel seat. To quote Field & Stream Magazine rod testers, during their annual “Best of the Best Awards” field reviews in 2008, they said, “These rods are like fishing with a feather!” Imagine what the new 1-piece rods feel like… they’re even lighter! Varying in power from ultra-light to light, rated from 1-pound test line up to 8-pound, they are surprisingly strong. You’ll want to take one these rods along for all your fishing adventures. How big a fish can you catch on one of these rods? You might be surprised! The sky is the limit!”
Im pretty excited by the new RAPALA FLAT RAP series of lures. They are available in the same configuration as my favorite ORIGINAL FLOATING RAPALA MINNOW. That would be black and gold with a length of 2.5 inches. Im going to order a few next week. pictures to follow. for now read the manufacturers description below.
Rapala Flat Rap Lures, at first glance, look like any standard Rapala lure. Then you start to notice the difference in the flat sides and triangle lip. Built of balsa with a slow-rising response on retrieve pause, the Flat Rap swims with a hard-flashing modification of the classic Rapala “wounded-minnow” action. The triangle lip enhances the quicker action while deflecting off obstacles in its way. Each Flat Rap is hand-tuned and tank-tested to ensure it embodies the fish-catching action Rapala is known for.
The quick flashing swimming action of the Flat Rap entices instinctual bites from all freshwater gamefish species including Bass, Walleye, Pike, Musky, Trout, Salmon and Panfish.
Additional features of these baits include the following:
- Flat-Sided For Hard Flashing Action
- Triangle Shaped Lip Enhances Action
- Design Allows Long Distance Casts
- Balsa Wood Construction
- VMC Black Nickel Hooks
- Great For Casting And Trolling
Stream Rig for Trout
When my parents bought a weekend cabin in Malone NY I was blessed with a wonderful place to fish with a 15 minute walk through the woods. This wonderful place was the Salmon River. The Salmon River was the best trout stream I have ever fished to this day. The section of river I mostly fished was about 30 feet wide and 75 feet or so of river bank. In the early days of fishing this section of stream we fished with mostly night crawlers and a lot of frustration. The river was Im guessing 5 feet deep in the center with a very swift current that was littered with boulders and rocks. This scenario created a challenge in getting the worm to the trout.
Fishing with no weight the worm would just stay at the surface for it’s 15 second trip through the fishing zone. Adding enough weight to get the worm to the depth of the fish resulted in constantly getting snagged and broken line. As I stated above frustrating.
As luck would have it my dad was talking to an old timer at work who happened to be a life long fisherman. This gentlemen explained the problem and described a great solution. That solution is often referred to as a STREAM RIG. This stream rig is simple and brilliant. You only need to add one or two items to your tackle box. These items are split shot sinkers and three way swivels.
The cause of the line getting caught was weights getting hung up in the rocks. The stream rig eliminates this by locating the split shot sinkers on a separate line called a dropper leader where the weights can become sacrificial. When done correctly the split shot will just pull off the dropper leader leaving everything else in tact. Worse case you will break the dropper leader with the snap shot but that rare. As added protection I use a line weight for the dropper leader that much less than that of the main line the hook is attached too. I typically use 6 pound test line with two to four pound test for the dropper leader.
There is an additional benefit to getting the split shot off of your primary line. By placing the split shot on your line you are slightly damaging the lines integrity.
Look at the image below for an example of the Stream Rig For Trout
Weight selection: You will need to let conditions and lure type and size dictate how much weight to use. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Finally this rig is not just for trout fishing with worms. You can use it for any bait or lure that’s having difficulty reaching it’s desired depth. I will often use this stream rig with a floating Rapala. I prefer the action of the floating Rapala to that of a weighted or sinking Rapala.
I get the is my inbox from Rapala. It’s worthy of blogging here.
Most anglers don’t have as much experience fishing the colder water of autumn as they do the summer months. Let’s make this your best fall ever, with some proven tactics.
First, a general thought that can help a lot: keep your baits lively, but slow them down as water temps drop. It’s not enough to just “slow things down” if you kill the life of your baits. It’s important to choose lures that have good action at slower speeds.
Quick, but Slow
Just as in ‘summer’ fishing, quickly searching a lot of possible spots is a huge key to success. You have to find the fish before you can catch ‘em. Trolling and casting Rapalas remains an ideal strategy.
Original Floating Rapalas, Shad Raps, Tail Dancers, and Trolls-To Minnows are excellent fall choices, because they come to life at slow speeds. The Jointed Shad Rap is a sleeper fall bait that has phenomenal slow-speed action.
For casting, the DT Family, X-Raps, and MaxRap are perfect.
Whether trolling or casting, how you present the bait is a big deal. For example, in the warm water of midsummer, a hard-cutting aggressive presentation, with lots of wild sharp twitches, can be the ticket when fishing an X-Rap.
But you have to slow down that same bait, in most cases, to do well in fall.
Rather than slash-and-dash, think pull-and-pause as the water cools.
In cold water, between twitches or pulls, give the X-Rap time to roll upright and suspend. Allow the lure to come to rest and appear alive but vulnerable. Sometimes, the longer the pause, the better.
Take this same approach with every lure. Keep it looking alive, but easy to grab.
Triggering with Soft Baits
Another deadly fall tactic is to fish Trigger X soft baits in likely areas.
Fall fish are famous for concentrating in defined areas. When you find a good bunch of fish, it’s a situation tailor made for introducing Ultrabite pheromones!
In colder water, subtle baits like the Trigger X Spadetail Worm and Flutter Worm are often the ticket. In heavy cover, try rigging them weedless on a VMC Dominator Shaky jig head. Where snags are less likely, try the Trigger X Tube rigged with an exposed hook on a VMC Dominator Half Moon jig head.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on fishing before you give the fall a good go!