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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Aprils First on the Second
This is April's first fishing report. I headed to a small stream and arrived about 9:30. The weather was cloudy, a bright cloudy that is, and air temps around 45. The stream was in great shape with a somewhat heavy flow, clarity was outstanding. With this water flow I put on a streamer and began working it along the banks in the soft spots and seams looking for a taker. Keeping the story short I continued without a single hit. By this time I could see stoneflies about, even a few crawling down my back. I changed flies, putting on a soft hackle wet fly and worked the stream. The fly produced quickly and a nice silver chub was at hand. A fine battle but not the fish I was seeking.
I continued to work the stream for a good 3 hours without a trout. The sun poked out from time to time and it felt good. This time of year a little sunshine can warm the waters just enough to get trout moving. I soon decided to stop for lunch and a coffee and try a different section of stream.
Walking I could see a few remnants of a winter I wish to forget. Looks pretty though.
It was after 1 when I began fishing again. I worked the fly in the heavier current and soon was given a substantial hit. It was very hard, and the fish missed. I had several hookups in the fast water and although very promising not a fish to hand.
That was about to change. In a deep swift run a trout struck. A few moments later I was rewarded with my first trout of April.
A handsome wild brown, who seemed to winter over very well. He put the 3wt to the test running to every hideout known.
Well as my fishing buddy "Pete, TROUT1" would say...on the board for April.