Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 1, 2013

Friday February 1st was my last trip to a small stream. It was a day right out of winters handbook. Steel gray skies, cold temps and a wind to mix things up. I had tied on a dry fly in an attempt to catch a trout and keep my record going of a dry fly trout in every month of the year. There was not even a hint of surface activity, nor did I observe any flies in air or along the bank. I fished many likely spots trying to bring a fish to the surface. At one point in the head of a pool a brookie broke the surface and made an attempt but missed.

With fingers numb, I reached into my fly box for an old friend, a Picket Pin, tied with a red head. I fished this fly as I continued my walk out. As I worked a section of riffles as the fly straightened out I felt the hit. Moments later a beautiful winter brook trout was at hand. His red spots stood out in the cold waters, and his tail seemed to be so perfectly square. Truly a wonder of nature.

A winter dry fly,  Not this day but perhaps the next.




Well worth the effort this winters day.



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21 comments:

  1. You adapted and brought in another beauty. Those limbs hanging over the brook would be magnets to my attempts at fishing near them..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      They have taken there fair share of flies from me.

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  2. Those days where you struggle a little just make the good ones that much more enjoyable. The days are getting longer , it won't be long now and this winter will be a distant memory.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      Very true my friend.

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  3. Alan
    That trout image looks like it should be framed. Am I seeing a beaver dam there at one point in that stream? Did you try that area? What was the air temp that day? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      No beaver dam Bill, just woody debris.
      The air temp was mid 20's

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  4. Nicely done sir ! The dry fly game is becoming a much higher risk proposition these days. Do you find February a tough month to fish? Last year we were able to take advantage of an unusually warm winter and an early spring, so far this winter is looking more typical.

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      It sure is getting tough, dries are slow to bring cold fish up for a meal.
      I hope there will be some moderation in temps. Nights have been real cold.

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  5. Well done Alan, a fine way to start Febuary.

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    1. brian,
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      When you bring that first fish to hand, the cold seems to let go.

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  6. beautiful, rushing, cold streams!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      They sure are. There are times when I'll listen to them for awhile, its music that can't be made in a studio.

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  7. nice trout- it may be cold but at least there are no bugs during winter fishing.

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    1. Peter Patenaude,
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      That's one consolation.

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  8. Hi Alan!

    Nice reward for perseverance! You got one of the small stream gems. That's an accomplishment in Ferbruary. Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings from a friend,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
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      I appreciate it my friend.
      That's one of your flies. Do you have a name for it?

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  10. Beauteous! (now it's spelled correctly, hence the delete above) Does the dry fly have a name?

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    1. RKM,
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      I'm sure it does. It's from Sweden, and I just asked the tyer for the name.

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  11. Maybe not on a dry this day, but, that day will come yet in February. Still, the Picket Pin is a top fly for those laying in wait for something subsurface. Thanks as always, Alan!

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  12. Just seeing that beautiful fish is enough to warm you up on a winter day. Best of luck in keeping the streak going, that would be quite an accomplishment! Thanks for mentioning the Pickett Pinn, I need to tie some of those up as I keep sidetracking into other things.

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