Well, Labor Day Eve was rainy and cold. That didn’t bode well for fishing, but, the next day, I headed out to the Farmington. As I’ve written before, September for me is the toughest non-winter month.
Fortunately, I early on landed two fish, both grizzled stockies, a good-sized rainbow and a Survivor Strain brown.
Then, nothing. I tried all sorts of nymphs and streamers with all types of presentations. Nearly every other angler that I saw was fishing but not catching. I hit three spots in all. The fish were definitely there, but they weren’t taking what I was throwing.
A beautiful day, though. It was nice to be out.
The only angler who did well was a spin fisherman perched on a shoreline rock. No waders. And, he pulled out fish after fish.
He was using an ultra-light and very short spin-casting outfit. He seemed to be using bait, for he put something on the hook after each take. He would cast out, drift something downstream and wait for a strike. No bobber.
My guess is that he was “tightlining.” I’ve seen other anglers use this technique. They have fingers holding the mono line to sense a take. I’m guessing they add weight to the line. He wasn’t crawling something back to him. Whatever he was fishing was suspended in the water column or swinging slowly on the bottom.
Anyone familiar with this technique? Are they using bait and swinging it on the bottom?
Just found this video below. Meal worms, split shot, 2-lb. test fluorocarbon, fingers on the line to detect takes, and a very supple spinning rod. Tightlining v. 1.0?