The White River chain of reservoirs and tailwaters are well-known among anglers across the United States. It’s reservoirs for largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, white, hybrid and striped bass while the tailwaters for rainbow and brown trout. Its diversity allows flying guide Jim Sinclair ample opportunity to guide clients year round.
Our fishing trip was set up with Sinclair fishing out of Hobie kayaks. The Hobie kayaks (www.hobie.com) we were in utilize pedal powered MirageDrive. Sinclair was in the top of the line Hobie Mirage Pro Angler, his granddaughter Hannah Gartrell, was in a Mirage Outback and we were in a Mirage Tandem.
We looked like a flock of ducks pedaling around fishing for trout in the tailwaters of Beaver Lake. It’s the beginning of summer and catching trout was the focus of the trip. As we pedaled our Hobies around casting lures, several fly fishermen could be seen casting into the fog tempting trout to bite their fly.
Today, Sinclair was fishing with a spinning rod and reel casting a small spoon. The small spoon represented forage that trout will eagerly bite on.
Like any professional guide, Sinclair was adapting to what his clients wanted to fish for and the appropriate tackle. While we were using conventional tackle, Sinclair excels at guiding for trout and bass with fly fishing tackle. Besides guiding clients that are fly fishing, Sinclair also teaches anglers how to fly cast and fly fish.
There is no typical day out guiding for Sinclair. “What I am guiding for and where just depends on what the client wants to catch and what body of water they want to catch it on,” explained Sinclair. Being a fulltime guide, Sinclair is available to guide any day of the week.
Besides guiding, Sinclair also works at the Beaver Dam Store, a stone throw away from Beaver Lake and the tailwaters of Beaver Lake.
Although catching trout was our goal in the guide trip today, we did have another agenda and that was to get photos of anglers fishing from kayaks. Joining us was Sinclair’s granddaughter Hannah Gartrell. It was a first for her to model and fish.
Hannah was in a Hobie Mirage Outback. A sleek, fast pedal powered craft. It was her first time in a Hobie, but caught on quick to steering and pedaling it.
She was fishing with a spinning rod and reel that had a lure on it. Every once and a while Sinclair would pedal over to her and give instruction on how to fish the lure. His encouraging words and instructions were well received by Hannah.
Our Hobie was the Mirage Tandem. It had a stable hull that was perfect for fishing from or taking photos of Sinclair and Hannah.
Sinclair was in his Hobie Pro Angler, the ultimate pedal powered kayak. He had rigged it with additional equipment like clippers, hemostats, Lowrance fish finder and H-Bar to lean against when standing up fishing. It was a fishing machine.
As we caught and released trout, Sinclair talked about the fishery on the tailwaters below Beaver Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock. He was well versed on how and where the fish were located and how to catch them.
By the end of the trip, we had plenty of photos of fish and kayaks. A successful day thanks to Sinclair and Hannah for all their efforts.
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