|"Over The Top"|
When you talk winter fishing you talk about ups and downs. Weather is the big downer even when it's almost picture perfect, and the actual catching of fish can be a downer if you let it. Yesterday was one of those days. I met Kirk at 9am and we were going to fish a stream we had fished before and knew it had a reputation of giving up some beautiful brookies. The stream had a tributary far upstream that was unknown to us until the day before when Jeanette and I took a hike and found it. Seeing it just said "I've got to fish that", and Kirk and I did that yesterday.
We've had some weather changes in the last days from sub-zero to 50 to heavy rain to strong ice flows to back to cold, all this leads to is turned off fish. We fished all the way up to the feeder brook without a bump. I fished several wet flies and streamers and I'm sure Kirk dug into the fly box many times.
It was at this point, a run just down from this scenic bridge that my fly stuck a small brook trout. The fish was on briefly and said goodbye as I lifted him.
That was the day folks. Great day weather wise clear, sunny but cold. We fished a stream that could be a real keeper once Spring comes and we can determine what it actually holds.