Mondays outing was an enjoyable one. Sundays heavy rains and mild temps cleared the ice from the stream and brought levels up nicely. Another one of the pleasures of small streams is their ability to recover from high off color water to very clear and very fishable water. The air was pleasant, sunny and clear but temps did start to drop and ice was noticed in the guides. I started fishing a dry fly, reason being I have not taken a trout on the dry in '16 and I felt this day was a good day to get on the board. It was many casts and several locations before I had a brookie rise. Several more came to the fly and missed. With the few fish that rose it would be all that I needed to stay with it...but I didn't. I changed to a soft-hackle and that proved to be the right choice. These trout were actively feeding and were willing to come up, so the subsurface fly made it easier.
These brook trout were hungry and aggressive...not to mention absolutely beautiful.
Fishing along this stream brought quite a few brookies to hand.
These are a couple of flies that got the attention.
After that outing it was back to winter, we shall see what tomorrow brings.