Saturday, December 21, 2013

A winter's day

  1. Alan and Kirk and I met up this morning for a little winter fishing.  It's been cold and snowy around here over the last week and the stream was wearing it's winter coat of snow and ice.  It was a bit difficult to fish due to the fact that most of the deeper, slower water where fish hold in the winter was iced over and covered with a blanket of snow.  I did manage one small brook trout on a mini muddler by fishing it along an ice over hang.  It was small stream ice fishing!  Look for an open "hole" and try to drift a fly under.

Late morning, we modified our plan and moved to a section of stream which carries more water hoping to find more open water which proved to be a better plan in the end.  I ended up fishing Alan's pink worm and picked up a nicely colored wild brown in a plunge pool.

Still nicely colored despite the cold

After wishing each other a Merry Christmas, I decided the check out one bridge that sometime holds the odd rainbow.  Sure enough a dark rainbow saw the pink worm and decided he wanted it so I ended the day with a brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

A small stream winter rainbow

This was probably my last outing before Christmas, so I will take the opportunity to wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas!  God bless

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A December outing

Winterberry adding some color to a gray December day
The weather forecast was calling for a chilly week ahead and today looked like the best opportunity to do a little small stream fishing so plans were made to meet up with Alan and Kirk.  The stream had a healthy flow thanks to two days of light rain.  The day was mostly overcast, cold, and damp but the sun did break through occasionally, warming our backs and faces.

The sun brightening an otherwise gray day

The brook trout were enthusiastic despite the raw day and showed an interest in a variety of flies.  Sometimes you just want to fish a certain way, even if it isn't the most productive for the conditions.  Today was one of those days, I really wanted to fish a dry so I chose one of Fran's mini muddler since I could fish it both dry and wet.  The fish took it off the surface keeping my dry fly streak alive but they also took it stripped sub-surface.

A handful of colorful December brook trout
Alan and Kirk took me to another section of stream that was new to me.  The new section was wider and had more water flowing in it.  I manged to take two nicely colored brown trout on the mini muddler before calling it a day.

The first brown of the afternoon

The last and best fish of the afternoon