I had been watching the weather forecast's for the last few days, and today's forecast was for warm and sunny, no wind. This is what I was waiting for, a day to actually enjoy. The stream was running bright and ever so clear. I dropped the thermometer in and it said a cold 44 degrees. I thought this called for a nymph to be bouncing on the bottom. NOT, I tied on a dry and let it rip. The fly floated many many drifts through the riffles before it was noticed. A silvery fish came up to intercept the fly, but missed it. Thinking the trout was a brown. I again drifted the fly to either side of a swift current, pulling the fly up as it was pulled under. After a number of drifts the trout came up again, this time there was a hookup. Soon a beautiful wild brookie lay in my hand. In the 4 hours or so that I was fishing this little stream I managed to hook quite a few trout on the dry fly, even a few to hand. I probably could have done better fishing the nymph, but I'll take the few on the surface any time.
The first wild one to come to hand, on a dry fly.
This guy looks to have fared well over the winter
And to finish this fine day, Corned Beef and Cabbage