Arriving stream side I quickly saw a buffet of insects about. There were the ever present midges, stone flies, both crawling and in flight, and I noticed what appeared to be caddis about.
So the first fly sent into action was a elk hair caddis. I worked the fly through riffles and a slow deep pool. It was soon made clear the fish were not ready to surface feed, so I tied on a soft-hackle and bingo. Several hits but it took some time before I had my first of the day.
A lovely little wild jewel.
Warmer temps can also cause problems. As snow melts along the side of the stream it drops and floats, this can cause water temps to cool and they will cloud up.
This male took a soft-hackle too. He also took a jump or two before sending up the white flag.
As time went by I noticed several faint rises. These were not the splashy ones but more like a sip.
I tied on a mini-hornberg and in the next half hour brought several brookies to hand.
The last fish of the day also took a dry fly. Well that gives me February in the books on a dry fly.