Saturday was one of those moderating days in December where the air temps reach 35 to 40, no wind and bright sunshine which make for a good feel to the body. I started fishing this Class 1 stream further down than I normally fish it, in fact parts I've never really fished. A BHPT was my first fly and after a few drifts there was that little bump that signals a hit. As I lifted up the 3wt Sage I felt the fish. As I retrieved it I could see it was a nice brown. When reaching for him he delivered the fly to me and off he went. I continued to fish the nymph with out much success. I changed flies and tied on a "Ausable Bomber", its so much easier to follow than the PT, and not as many bottom snags. After several drifts through the pool I had a fish rise. It was a very subtle move but a rise none the less. Another few drifts and I had my first hookup on the "Bomber" and the first fish to hand. It was a lovely brookie. I continued to have success on the dry with many rises and quite a few fish to hand.
This was a good day on the stream, and considering it was December 18th, maybe it was one of the best of the year.