This weekend was a full one for me. Saturday morning Jeanette and I started out for the Cape which was originally not part of the package, but as it turned out it was a highlight. We stopped for breakfast at Leo's restaurant in Buzzards Bay. There we enjoyed an awesome breakfast. Jeanette had a grilled blueberry muffin, which by the way Leo's is one of the best muffins in New England. And kudos the waitress who's service was great. My coffee cup was never more than half empty when more hot black java refilled it.
I had plain old eggs over light with toast....but a muffin was taken home and that's my breakfast this morning.
After breakfast we headed over to Red Brook to see if I could get a brook trout to cooperate. The morning was cloudy with that constant sea breeze, which made casting a streamer with a 3wt a bit tough. Well I tried and after an hour of work in which all I had to show for it was a stiff strike and a fiber or two of bucktail missing from the Mickey Finn. Times are changing. These wind turbines were not here when we fished Red Brook in early November. I though the scene was kind of cool. The wind turbines over cranberry bogs, with a scant covering of snow.
Then it was on to Taunton and the annual "Bears Den" fly fishing show. It was held at Bears Den which is a giant fly shop. They have one hell of shop, if you can't find it here you probably can't find it anywhere. I ran into many people I know including two gents from Connecticut Fly Fishermen's Association, folks from the Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition, and was given some great information on salters that I did not know. I had the pleasure of talking to some wonderful fly tyers.
One highlight of the day was spending time talking to and watching this young man tie flies. His name is Jade and he's 11 years old. He told me he has been tying flies for 4 years, and watching him work was a pleasure. It is so gratifying to see youth taking an interest in fly fishing....we need more of that.
I had some Christmas money to burn so I was able to find some quality materials. This hen patch has a wonderful blue-gray color. Almost perfect feathers and it contained some fine marabou feathers which will make for some interesting action.
This bleached Starling, I believe it is ginger will make some fine soft-hackles.
Partridge Classic Spider hooks. These have been on my list for some time. Many who follow this blog have suggested these hooks for tying North Country Spiders.
That was the day, day one of a great weekend....day two will come in the next post.