Such a beautiful day. A winter day that felt like early November. There were times of clouds and sun with a little breeze that turned into a gusty wind. I was fortunate to have finished my day before that wind took hold. We had received rain and a snow melt a day or so before I chose to fish this stream. Not knowing what I would find when I parked the car. But a glance at the stream and a large smile broke out across my face. I knew this would be a great day and even if the fish did not play ball just being out here would be fine. This being mid December I had a quest to fill, that quest was to catch a brookie on a dry fly. Half the month gone and that feat had not happened. So this day would be devoted to dry flies and a possible rising fish.
Now the logical choice for a fly would be a "bomber", perhaps a elk hair caddis. This was not the case. The fly chosen for a first run was a "...... ..."...many will say that's not a dry fly but when fished with a little floatant it sure is. Well it did just that and my first brookie of the day was at hand.
This pretty guy just lost it as the fly drifted by. A very spirited fight took place and a very thankful angler completed his quest. Can you guess the fly. A very versatile fly, wet-dry type.
This run has been written about many times over the years. I love it. Every time I fish it I'm rewarded. That laurel bush is key to my success here. Brookies have come to hand here on everything. Streamers, dries, soft-hackles, midges and big muddlers.
Today it would be the "bomber". Did I ever tell you how much I like this fly. The bomber was called to duty because the "...... ..." was MIA. Look at the colors on this jewel.
I continued with several more willing brookies. Thinking about it on the drive home I said this has to be one of my better days this fall-winter season.