Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Is it really April?

More snow
The calendar might have said it was April 2 but it sure didn't look like spring out my window when the sun came up.  The snow was flying and it looked like we had jumped back to February. We seem to be stuck in an endless February around here.  In spite of the snow, I decided to fish a local trout management area for a couple hours after work. By the afternoon the sun had come out but it was still cold.  This particular management area gets a lot of preseason pressure and the stockies are getting a little gun shy.  I found fewer fish with each visit, which is pretty typical.  Yesterday afternoon things were dead, a variety of flies run through the typical holding areas produced nothing but cold hands and feet.

Figuring it was futile to keep trying, I started to head back.  On the way past a stump that I had seen several stockies hiding out under, I decided to sneak in upstream and try to drift a fly under it.  I wasn't sure if I could get anything close without getting hung up in the roots but we all are hopeless optimists at heart!   As the flies swung in front of the stump a cookie-cutter rainbow nailed the tiny nymph hard.  In the final 15 minutes, I pulled 3 more rainbows out from under that stump.

I am really looking forward to opening day when the small streams open up again.  This "stockie thing" is getting old...

14 comments:

  1. It sounds like someone is spoiled, lol.i hear ya Mark. There is a lot of Stocked trout being caught around here. Opening day was last sat. I'm just glad the transition from winter has begun.thankyou

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    1. Brad - Yes I probably am spoiled, fishing for small wild fish can do that! Here's hoping for some real spring soon!

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  2. I got out Monday afternoon as well, Mark, on the Bondsville section of the Swift. Absolutely nothing doing despite trying all kinds of different flies and zones. Brook trout were nowhere to be found, same as it has been all winter now into spring. Even the stocked rainbows that I had gotten into a week or so ago were in hiding somewhere. I think the water is too cold yet for fish to want to feed.
    Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - whenever we get melting snow, the fishing is usually off which is why I suspect things were so dead. Sometimes we forget that melting snow releases 32 degree water into streams and rivers regardless of how warm the air is! I knew but I decided to try anyway.

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  3. Mark
    Good for you for getting out! You still got into a few!! Very nice.

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    1. Pete - At least I found a couple in the bottom of the ninth!

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  4. Mark, it is April, somewhere.
    I subdued a rainbow the other day, looked just like yours.
    A variety of small streams will be available to us soon.

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    1. Alan - Looking forward to weather than better reflects the calendar and the chance to be on small streams again!

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  5. Mark
    Glad you able to make a connection: looks like winter is still with you guys there. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - yes it still looks like winter but the rumor is that spring is coming!

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  6. Since there isn't an opening day in Colorado, opening day for me is when Winter is finally gone and I can make the first trip to Clear Creek. Hope it's soon!

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    1. Howard - a lot of states are moving away from an opening day. Here is CT there are places you can fish year round so opening day for the small stream crew has been a celebration of the small streams opening back up again. Hope you have some good weather from your Clear Creek trip, I seem to remember that you had some snow last year!

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  7. Same over on this side of the Pond. last Sunday was the first day of the season on most of the rivers around here , As I stepped in the 4WD it was hailing on the way to the river I had rain and snow. But the little chalk stream blessed me with a hatch of Olives despite the cold and a first fish on the dry fly this year.

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    1. Well done Andy! I've seen stoneflies and tiny midges around but nothing that looks like a mayfly yet! The limestone (chalk) streams in Pennsylvania stay pretty moderate in temperature during the winter, is that the case on your side?

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