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Sipsey River

Here is some info about fishing Alabama's only year round trout stream.

Recently, my wife and I took a trip up to the Sipsey River. I thought I would share the experience with our members. 

The Sipsey "Fork" is located right below Smith Lake Dam. You can find out tons of information by going to this link provided by the state:
 
 
John and Elizabeth Eisenbarth own and operate Riverside Outfitters and Guide Service which is located right on the banks of the River. They can offer you anything you need from flies to guided trips and even camping to make your Sipsey River experience a lot more enjoyable. You can look them up on the web or give them a call to find out more information.
 
 
 
Phone: (256) 287-2944
 
My wife, Shawnda Snider, recently caught here very first Sipsey River Rainbow on a tiny dry fly. This is here in the photo's with it below. Don't be fooled, these fish can be very wary and elusive. If I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to fish long leaders with as small a tippet as you can get by with. The water stays pretty chilly so waders and a good pair of felt soled wadding boots would also be recommended for the many rocks in the river. This is truly a great fishery that is just a lot of fun to fish. You can find a phone number at the link above to see when the turbines might be running. However, they can be turned on whenever the power company needs to so keep that in mind if you are on the river.

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This fish was around 10 inches in length.

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This photo doesn't do any justice to how beautiful these fish truly are. They're full of color!

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This was a nice Rainbow that couldn't resist a Woolybugger.