Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcoming the New Year

Alan , Kirk, Pete and I met up yesterday morning to continue an annual tradition of fishing for brook trout on a small CT stream on the first day of each year.  Unfortunately, John, the other member of the crew was at home sick.

You never know what to expect fishing on January 1.  Some years it was warm and others brutally cold.  Yesterday was the later.  Between the wind and the cold temps it was a challenge to keep the hands warm.  It was definitely one of those days that you stick with the same fly the whole day because the hands become unable to perform after a hour or two.  Most of us fished a pink San Juan worm we call the "pinkie" although Kirk had a brook flirt with a dry at one point.

The early part of the morning I spent mostly taking pictures of the ice that had formed in some interesting shapes and structures.  With the sun shining brightly it was quite beautiful.




I did manage to bring the first brook trout of 2015 to hand for a quick picture.  Holding these fish in the hand and seeing their beauty never seems get old for me and reminds me of glory of their Creator and Sustainer even in the harsh winter months.

the first brook trout of the year


After a morning of being out in the cold, it was good to get some warm soup and chili in our bodies thanks to Alan and my wife.  My little Peak1 backpacking stove can still bring the heat once it gets going even after 40 years!.

Hot chicken soup and chili for a cold winter day

13 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys had a super time - that's awesome! Those Back Packing stoves are super. It's unreal how quickly they will get things going. Happy New Year!

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    1. Best peice of backpacking equipment I own. That stove cooks!!!

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  2. All in all it was a great day. I'm ready to go out again.

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  3. Mark, good way to start 2015.
    Impressive brook trout.

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    1. You did pretty well yourself my friend!

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  4. Great photography of the ice, and at points I had to stop and remember that they were real pictures. They look like paintings! Nice brookie as well.

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    1. Thanks RI brook trout - glad to hear others enjoy seeing them

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  5. It was a good day Mark!!!! I am ready to go back again also!!! Gorgeous Brookie and the scenery is just beautiful!!

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    1. Pete - that's quite a place; glad you were able to join us!

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  6. Looks a lot colder than it did on Alan's blog.

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    1. Mark - that's funny! It wasn't any colder

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  7. Great pictures as usual. Hope you have a great season .

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