Monday was here and I had planned to check out a new stream that I had my eye on for some time. The only problem was something needed to be done at home first and it would be later on in the day before I could get out there to explore. Sometimes things happen and what you thought would hamper an outing seem to turn out to be OK. What I'm saying is what I had to do Monday was actually put off until Tuesday. Well I headed for the new stream and was excited to see if my thoughts about it were accurate. When I found the access point there was an issue. Many areas were heavily posted. I drove all around looking for a place to park and get in. I did find a spot to park but then it involved walking through what looked like a swampy briar filled piece of terrain. I was not ready to explore this area with snow on the ground so I chose to let it be until I had better conditions.
So I drove to stream #2...which was in great condition. There was snow on the ground but I was familiar with the area, and I now have a good relationship with the landowners and walking through a yard or two is OK. You know what's nice is that they even stop and ask me how I'm doing.
The stream was clear as could be. I observed several brookies holding in the shallows, and they never spooked. What else I noticed were fish rising quite frequently. Glancing about I noticed winter stones crawling all over and midges hatching at will. With all that activity I tied on a dry fly and proceeded to have one fine outing.
These guys were aggressive. They hit the fly over and over until they were hooked.
Unbelievable water clarity.
Yes this is February, and that is a Neversink Skater, and that is a beautiful wild jewel.
|A Neversink Skater variant. I have to get the right hackle though|