As I enjoy my first cup of coffee this morning I'm saying to myself "glad I was able to get out yesterday an fish", for it's windy and cold and snowing. Yesterday was a bleak day, typical January I guess. As I pulled off the paved road to park I had some thoughts on what I wanted to take place this day. Catching fish was one of them but not the only reason. I was here to check out the "outback" or maybe a better name would be the "upper outback". I was geared to walk some so I chose to leave the waders in the car and instead chose hiking boots, a lot more comfortable. I started walking in through the woods and found numerous little streams, they were all running scantly but so very clear. As I neared the stream I found it to be in fantastic shape and anticipation of a fine day came forward.
I had visited this section of stream only once, that coming in this past summer so I knew the area a bit but not much about the trout I had hoped would be there. I came to a nice run that held some deeper pockets and tossed out "pinkie" because that's what I had on from my last outing. I tie my "pinkies" without weight and that was not helping me to get the fly down. I changed to a bead-head fly and that was just what I needed, or should I say what the fish needed.
There were some surprisingly deep holes along this stretch.
And a few of them held willing trout.
My first fish of the day. A stunning wild brown. His orange spots so brilliant....wish I could have seen him in sunlight. And he was also very acrobatic.
The stream was very generous, giving many strikes, and some hookups.
These browns were very healthy as you can see....
Behind the boulder is a eddy with lots of swirling water. I had a nice fish on be it so briefly...I'll remember to hit that spot again.
This brown was some what pale in comparison to the others....the parr marks and adipose fin really stand out though.
A beautiful few hours..."a walk-about" in "brown trout forest".....