A mid December cold snap moved into southern New England Friday, Saturday and Saturday night. The day temps were around 30 with a very strong wind. Sunday's forecast was for sunny skies through mid-day with the clouds taking over, temps about 40. Not what you would call prime weather. I decided to fish anyway and my starting time would be after ten. The stream had a thin coating of ice in places along with some very slippery rocks. There were areas of water that were ice free and if you were able to get the fly into them the possibility was there to hook a fish.
Not that fly patterns make a big difference in a small stream but in winter it's even simpler. Today I used a small bead head fly.
As I would cast the fly I observed it drift some and then just hang on the bottom. At times movement could be seen and the figure of a brook trout would be on the fly. Even in cold water they are aggressive.
An example of how rewarding winter fishing can be. In times of cold, with air temps at or below freezing it's best to keep the fish in the water.
Luckily my day turned out to be a good one. The air seemed to warm up a bit, and I was fortunate to fool two wild ones.