Originally Posted by chicagojohn
When you're fishing streamers in Arkansas during the winter, what kind of sink tip & sink rate (ips) do you use?
Sorry for the late reply- I don't use anything but a floating line on these rivers as I don't fish them during generation. Mainly because I don't have a boat but also because of my close proximity, flexible personal schedule and several rivers to choose from- I don't have to go if the water is on, I just somewhere else.
A river in particular is the North Fork of the White in south central Missouri. This spring fed river is almost western-like it it's size and speed and while it does not offer the massive trout per mile as it's stretch in Arkansas (Norfork) it is free flowing and not subject to the whims of the Southwest Power Administration. The rainbows in the North Fork are wild fish rich with the genetics of McCloud rainbows, indeed a stunningly colored fish.
Now, all that said I do carry a couple of Rio sink leaders in a 10 or 12 foot length. The one that is most compatible with my 10ft 5 weight Sage is the 3.6ips. I have one that is over 5ips but casting that one anything under a 7 weight seriously sucks. When I fish down to the deep tailouts and I am feeling either desperate or industrious I'll rig up the sink leader and start probing the depths. But in nearly all cases I am catching loads of quality fish with a bead head wooly ranging from a size 6 to 14 with a smaller soft hackle dropper trailing about 18-20 inches behind.
Depending on whether I'm on the White or Norfork will usually dictate the size of both of the flies. The waters I fish on the White are more turbulent making the standard rig a 6 or 8 wooly and a 14 soft hackle. Yesterday on the Norfork a 14 wooly and a 20 soft hackle was deadly with a near 50/50 split on soft hackle to wooly takes.
Back to the sink tip/boat/high water condition. While this is not my preferred method it can be quite productive. Seven weights 5.5ips sink leaders and husky sized streamers, even articulated ones fished to the bank and visible structure produce some big fish. It is very exciting to see a brown the size of your leg shoot out from a log jam after a five inch white or black leech. Over the next week I will be perched atop my dad's 22ft bass boat drift fishing the upper parts of Lake Taneycomo (part of the White River) for trophy browns. I'm sure this will be a blast but like salmon fishing I don't think I will want a steady diet of it.
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Originally Posted by jimbojo
Here in Albuquerque we have a couple of ponds off of the Rio Grande that are stocked with Rainbows in the Winter. The catch and release pond has fish from 10" to 30", I have never fished it before but I plan on being down there pretty regular this winter. I will post some pics soon.
Hey Jimbo! My cousin lives in Rio Rancho, I couldn't pick him out of a line up but he lives there....
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PS- a 70mph drift boat is a good time
Heck, I might even grow to like the whole high water gig and score me a river boat