Sunday, December 30, 2018

It's almost here 2019

Kirk
In a couple of days a group of us small stream fishers will meet at a secret location to fish and attempt to catch that first wild trout of the new year. This tradition has taken place each New Years Day since 2011. Each year we select a stream, most times it's a different one and then we hope for decent weather. I don't recall any year when deep snow was an issue although we have encountered some white stuff which proved to be of no problem. Most times it's the cold that's the issue. I believe that 20 degrees was the lowest we have encountered up until last NYD when the temp was 4 degrees when we got to the stream. The winds were active and there was nasty shelf ice to deal with. But we endured it and fished until sanity set in along with a touch of frost bite. It was then we made it back to the cars and had some hot chicken soup and chili along with the hot coffee. No fish were hooked but no one cared. We had continued the tradition and there would be a time soon when that first trout would come to hand. 2019's weather looks to be great.



Kirk and Mark


Pete. I'll bet the fly was a bead-head pheasant tail soft-hackle....Mark Wittman photo
This July we lost our friend Pete. A great angler and overall awesome person. Pete was with us on our initial New Years Day outing and continued until his battle would not let him attend. In our stream selection for 2019 Mark suggested we fish the stream where Pete caught a brown on the first day. It was the stream where Pete last fished with us on a New Years Day. He won't be there with us but I'll bet he will be offering a fly choice to us.






24 comments:

  1. Nice tradition. I'm going to skip the Minnesota Opener because of the cold (high of 15) but will hit the Wisconsin Opener next weekend with my friend Zoan.

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    1. David-Mary Noll
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      David 15 is cold....good luck on your opening.
      Happy New Year

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  2. Hi Alan
    Good luck to you on the 2019 opener......
    I am sure Pete will be with you all in spirit.
    Have a good one.
    Alistair

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    1. Alistair Corbishley
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      Alistair that's what we're hoping for.
      Happy New Year

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  3. Brk Trt, I couldn't think of any other way I would rather start off a new year then spending it with good friends, food and fly fishing. Trust me, Pete is there and still will be in your future new years to come.
    Enjoy.....Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY
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      Phil I often think of him especially on the stream.
      Good weather for us on NYD..
      Happy New Year

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  4. You guys make me feel like a wimp Alan! It's easier to fish with my Tenkara rods in cold weather. I can use fingered gloves on both hands. We should be warming up by the end of the week.

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    1. bill piatek
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      Bill I have a problem fishing with gloves. I will put them on but just until my hands warm a bit. Our weather says 50 for NYD.
      Happy New Year

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  5. The only person who has trouble with the snow, is the first guy through. Like Alistair said, Pete will be with you in spirit. Bring on 2019.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark you are right, he's the plow.
      Happy New Year

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  6. Alan
    Hope you all land one for Pete, know he will be in your thoughts. Good Luck thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill a first fish would please all of us, including Pete.
      Happy New Year

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  7. Thanks for bringing us a great 2018 and here's hoping your start to 2019 is a good one.

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    1. mike
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      Mike if 19 is as good as 18 I'll be A-OK
      Happy New Year

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  8. Amen to what Mike says above. Appreciate so much what you write and show pictures of on your site. I trust Pete will be right along with you fellas on New Year's Day.

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam it's easy to bring to you good posts. It's comments from all of you that keeps me motivated.
      Happy New Year

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  9. A great way to get rid of the cobwebs, have a chat and hopefully catch a fish. Good luck to you and a happy and healthy 2019. Regards, John

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    1. Anonymous
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      John it is supposed to be a great day weather wise tomorrow...everything else will fall into place.
      Happy New Year

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  10. Very sorry to hear that your "group" lost Pete. I enjoyed seeing him in all of "your" adventures over the years.

    Enjoy the fishing, and celebrating Pete too.

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will he was one in a million in so many respects.
      Happy New Year

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  11. Have a great day tomorrow & catch a few for Pete with his favorite fly.

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    1. bill piatek
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      I'm certain the whole lot of us will be fishing Pete's favorite the bead head soft hackle pheasant tail. Should be a nice gathering.

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  12. HNY! Good luck today. Looking forward to pics and read.

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  13. Hope you are feeling your toes today! I usually go out New Years Day too, but just coming off illnessm I'm staying in. But, I will be out there in the cold Saturday for sure! Hope you have some luck on Pete's stream today. =)

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