Monday, January 1, 2018

First outing of 2018

Well it's New Year's Day 2018 and Alan, Kirk, and I didn't want to let our traditional New Year's Day outing go unobserved this year.  No one had any illusions of catching fish on a day when the temperature barely reached 5 degrees and finding an open patch of water to drift a fly was challenge.

Alan, Kirk and myself on a very cold Jan 1, 2018

However, fly fisherman are to varying degrees irrational optimists and we each found ourselves at some point with our feet in frigid water thinking this little opening just might produce a fish.

Kirk working a patch of opening water
Pete's pool, did anyone remember the auger?
We headed back to the vehicles around 12:30 and with some coaxing managed to fire up the stoves to heat up some homemade soup.  While this year's outing was brief and devoid of any piscatorial entanglements, the fellowship of small stream anglers willing to brave the most insane conditions for a hot bowl of soup and a walk in the woods is all that is necessary to enjoy the first day of the new year.  Happy New Year everyone!

12 comments:

  1. You call them irrational optimists. Out here we say just plain crazy. Congrats for continuing the tradition.

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    1. Howard - Happy New Year! Yes we're crazy, but irrational optimists sounds less pathological I guess!

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  2. I truly admire your effort considering the brutal conditions. Glad everyone survived to fish another day. Thank you and happy new year.

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    1. Brad - We didn't want some cold weather to get in the way of tradition! It actually wasn't as bad out as we were thinking it would be but the fishing was a bit futile.

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  3. Nice job gents. I was with you in spirit.

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    1. Pete - all of us saw the pool with the hemlock leaning over it and thought of you on past outings. You were missed!

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  4. Mark, it was great to continue a tradition started in 2010.
    Although no fish were hooked the day was still a success.
    I'm very happy today for I'm fully thawed out.

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    1. Alan - it was a success just to get out and walk around a bit and get some hot lunch made out in the cold! At least we found a couple stretches of open water to dunk a fly into.

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  5. Mark
    Hats off to you guys for braving the cold; a little too cold for me--weather here today reached a high of 25, and that is cold in Jasper!!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - it was cold but fortunately there wasn't much wind so it didn't feel that bad once you got moving.

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  6. I had one trip in the snow a week or two back , caught one and it was so cold the battery in my camera died.....

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    1. Andy - this winter has had some rough days but you did well finding one!

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