With the snow and cold we've had around here lately, I was hopeful to get out today and do some exploring. By the time I left the house the thermometer was inching it's way into the 40's and by mid afternoon it was reading well into the 60's. Quite a change from -10 that greeted me on my way to church last Sunday morning!
This morning I decided to take a walk along a section of stream that I had not visited yet. It looked pretty promising and I will have to go back again. I was able to briefly tangle with a small brookie and a brown before they worked themselves free. I did try fishing a dry fly for brief periods during the warm afternoon but with all the melting snow, the brook was pretty full. Even a committed dry fly fisherman like myself knows when to go to the bead head nymph. I did mess around with a small bomber every now and then and I was able to raise a couple of fish that nipped at the small bomber but the bead head accounted for the few fish brought to hand today.
One thing we tend to forget on these warmer afternoons in the winter is the fact that melting snow will often depress the water temperature because the snow melt is at transition temperature (32) between water and ice. Even thought the warm air can get us excited to get out, if there is snow on the ground these brief warming trends can have a negative effect on water temperature and probably contributed to the fact that few fish were willing to move for the flies. But despite the slow fishing, I was very thankful for some fresh air and feeling the warm of the sun again.