For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Day Of First's
Yesterday was a day of first's for me. Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and it sure felt like it. I got to the stream around 10 and found myself engulfed in an almost perfect day. The sun was out brightly and it's warm rays felt so good. There was almost no breeze, and the skunk cabbage was busting out all over the place. It was going to be a great outing, I just had that feeling that no matter how the trout reacted it was not going to change how I was feeling overall.
Another first of this day was the fact that I finally had the chance to put my new bamboo rod to the test on the stream. I had cast it on the lawn with a couple of fly lines, but this was the first real test of this beautiful piece.
As I walked the stream I noticed lots, I mean lots of stoneflies about. They were on the rocks and in the air. I chose a stonefly imitation which was nothing more then black thread with black dubbed thorax with starling hackle. Several casts in several locations yielded two hookups which yielded quick losses. I know this may sound corny but being out on this day just walking alone in the peace and quiet of the woodlands with a fly rod and the hope that this was the first of many days I hope would follow.
Finally after several hits and a couple of lost hookups I found this wild brown. He has the distinction of being the first trout taken on the SSR's cane rod.
It was along this run with it's inviting pool that I noticed several fish rise. They were smacking stoneflies. The rises were very striking. I tied on a dry fly which was also very simple. Black thread and palmered hackle. It did not take many casts before a trout rose and a solid hookup.
This young lady demonstrated why she was queen of the pool. She showed me how a fine bamboo rod should handle her strength. Both fish and rod performed flawlessly. Both doing their part to show what small stream fishing is about.