For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Friday, January 3, 2014
New Years Day 2014 a small stream tradition continues.
New Years Day found five of us "small stream junkies" in a parking lot about to take part in what has become an annual tradition of meeting, fishing and eating. It started four years ago with 3 and has continued bringing 2 additional gents along the way. This year brought some delightful sunny weather, but pretty cold. Getting there around 10, the coffee and donuts were served and devoured. While eating a game plan was presented and it was to be Mark and Pete heading to one area of the stream, while Kirk, John, and I heading in the opposite direction. Jumping in the trucks and my car we started the engines primed for a few hours of small stream angling. But suddenly as I turned the key I heard that clicking sound, the sound of a dead battery. Quickly the call for jumper cables went out and no one had them. So the decision was made for the guys to fish and I would call AAA. To make it short I was told that they would be out in about an hour. That gave me some time to walk to the stream and cast a fly.
I fished this section of stream, and the fly chosen was a streamer, "Edson Tiger". By now the sun seemed to warm up things and hopefully turn the fish on. I could not move to far along the stream for I would not be able to see my car. So casting to various areas that might hold a trout I worked the streamer. On a retrieve I took a violent hit, pulling back I felt nothing, a moment later another hit equally as hard....this time he was on. In short time I held a wild brown. A quick pic and off he went.
The first fish of 2014, on the first day of 2014. A wonderful way to begin the year.
I decieded to head for the car for I thought I saw the service truck. I was right and they were there. It was this time that the other guys were coming back. AAA checked the battery and it had to be replaced, which it was and we were able to finish the day.
While starting lunch, which was hot chicken soup, that was so delicious, "thanks to Marks wife for making it". And some venison chili, along with Italian bread, crackers and tortilla chips. While eating the stories and photos of the mornings angling were told. After cleaning up we hit the stream for a short session. All of us hooked trout this day which made it nicer, but the tradition was continued and that's what I think is most important.