Monday morning the decision was made to check out a stream to see if I could fish a few flies and attempt to perhaps take a fish or two. I was delighted to see that the bright sun was doing its magic. I felt so comfortable fishing with only a wind breaker and light fleece jacket. The air temp was mid forties and no wind, after the cold, cold winter that was a welcomed relief. As I pulled into the parking area the ground was so soft that the mud was slippery, and not the snow. There was one other vehicle parked there, perhaps another angler I thought, or maybe a hiker. I did not bring waders so I was ready to fish in minutes. I did however bring my new Cabelas glass rod for its first tryout.
The stream was ice free in several locations. Its clarity brilliant even with the snow melt. I started walking to the stream and found the snow to be at least knee deep and some areas thigh deep. This kind of walking will tire you fast not to mention the fact your always falling. I knew this was going to be a one or two spot outing.
Armed with the new rod I placed myself on firm footing. I chose to fish dries this day, and sent the fly on its mission. I would love to say that I had a fish rise on the first cast but that did not happen, instead a fish rose on the second cast. The rise was not a lethargic one either the fish was indeed hungry. I sent the fly back out and just a tad further from the first rise he again took a swipe and missed. On the third time the fish again came up, this time he was pricked. A few twists and turns and the fish was at hand. It was not a trout but creek chub. The silvery fish was my first fish on the fly since mid January, and it felt real good.
I continued to work flies in the few open pools I could fish. The thought was could there be another willing fish to take a fly. The answer was yes, only not a trout but another chub. The trout were indeed there only not willing to take.
These little guys were out and about this day. Any one care to tie one?
This was a great day to be out. A new rod, good weather, a fly cast for the first time in almost two months, and a fish to hand on a dry fly.
Be sure to scroll down to see "My Photo Of The Day".
Credit has to go to the camera.
Nice! Looks like a fun time to get out and enjoy some nice time on the water.ReplyDelete
Will it felt so good after the nasty winter we had.
Sounds like you had a very rewarding day.ReplyDelete
Drew that's true in so many ways.
Sometimes a post needs nothing but the images to capture the moment and this one certainly did. Glad you were able to try out the new fly rod and connect with it. Thanks for sharing
Bill it's that old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words,..the rod was a highlight, it's what a small stream rod should be.
hooray for open streams!ReplyDelete
Theresa you could the same words shouted by me when I saw the waters flowing.
Good to hear you guys are finally thawing out.ReplyDelete
Mark we do indeed love it. I don't even mind the pot holes.
We have at least 8 months ahead of us without seeing another flake.
Wahoo! Open water! By next week things should be picking upReplyDelete
They should be starting to move a bit, bugs and trout.
Any fish right now is a welcome sight.ReplyDelete
For sure buddy. He was a scrappy fellow.
Nice scenic pics!!! I can't wait to test out the new rod!! Soon, warmer weather, snow is melting!ReplyDelete
Pete you will like the new rod I"m sure.
It won't be long now Alan , that snow will be a distant memory before you know it and the fish will be going crazy.ReplyDelete
I like the picture of the day...looks like a good buddy.
Jeff it's melting fast, and with the rain in our future it should make a dent in the piles.
That's our "Parkie"
Love the picture of your buddy. Glad to hear you liked the rod. Are you going to post a review of some sort?ReplyDelete
He's grand dog #1........... I will be doing a report soon on the rod.
Isn't it nice to see some "mud" after all that snow. That is a good thing I think. Spring is coming...........................ReplyDelete
By the way, very interested in more feedback on the Cabela's CGR from a trusted friend.
Mel, love the mud. Like I told Howard the report will be soon, need a few more hours on the stream.
Glad you made it out.ReplyDelete
Jim Yaussy Albright,Delete
Jim it's such a good feeling.