|The only thing blooming today was the skunk cabbage|
This morning Alan and I met and Kirk joined us shortly after. The day started with some hot coffee and a muffin and some catching up. The morning was a cold raw one and I think there were a few snow flakes in the air at one point.
The woods still have a late winter look to them. The buds on the trees have not started to open and the forest floor is still covered in last fall's leaf litter. The skunk cabbage however has just started to open, signaling that the wild flowers will start appearing soon.
I started with some smaller beaded soft hackles but I really didn't notice any interest. I thought on a cold morning maybe something bigger and heavier would get some attention so I switched to an Ausable Ugly. I was encouraged by a couple of taps in a run where the beaded soft hackles were untouched.
|The first brook trout of the morning that took the Ausable Ugly|
I ended up going to back to the few spots I had fished earlier with soft hackles and nymphs, and did much better with the heavier bushier fly. I ended up sticking with that fly for most of the morning.
|Kirk teasing a brook trout with a wet fly|
|Alan fishing a run at the base of a waterfall|
This particular brook had been hit hard by last summer's drought so it was great to see brook trout present in decent numbers and everywhere they should be.
|A couple even rose to a dry|