With tomorrow being St. Patrick's Day I decided to show a "bit o the green" and add some color, color that soon will be with us. First off I want to wish my fine Irish friends a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy your corned beef and cabbage along with some fine beverages.
This is a outing I took in mid May of last year. It was a sunny warm day, most vegetation in that lovely deep green that appears in Spring. There were insects out and about, I would give you there names but I don't know them. What I will tell you is that the trout were rising to them. So at times like these I would tie on a bomber or elk hair caddis and proceed to have a great day. Instead of going with that plan I chose to fish a small yellow muddler. Most flies I fish do duty in a couple of ways, one they are fished dry, and they are fished wet, sometimes on the same cast. Today was no different. The natural deer hair of the muddler needs no floatant and can be fished dry just by false casting. It can also be fished wet by allowing the fly to sink under the surface at the end of the drift, and then retrieved. Many of the takes happen right at the time the fly gets pulled under.
Today the brook trout took to this muddler like they never have eaten. The fly produced many beautifully colored brookies to hand.
A lovely female brook trout. The tail on this fish is impressive. Her colors in this "Spring of opportunity", she rivals the colors of a spawning male is Autumn.
It is on days like this that one can recall most of what happened. No journal is necessary, all that's required is the thumbing of the pages in my mind.