Monday, January 2, 2017

Trip Reports: New Years Weekend

I took off work Friday to fish with a buddy who drove down from the cities. We arrived on stream around 1030. Air temps hovered in the mid 20's and skies were partly cloudy. We both fished nymphs at first as no fish were rising.
After a lot of casting and one small brown to hand we switched spots and tied on an emerger/midge combo. We spotted a few rising fish and had at 'em!
Sean started picking 'em off in short order. We froze our butts off but it was well worth the effort. I headed to an area state park again on Saturday to fish but found out (upon arrival) that there was a special CWD hunt. With over 400 hunters in the park I decided to head home rather than run the gauntlet.
On Sunday my buddy Tim and I hit a local stream to celebrate the opening of the catch and release season. We arrived on stream around 10 with temps around 30 and sunny skies. With no evidence of surface activity we tied on nymph rigs and had at it.
We didn't land anything huge but Tim scooped up this 14 incher with his homemade net! Conditions were good but the fish were sluggish. Water temps in the early afternoon measured 42.
By the end of the day we landed around a dozen between the two of us. We spotted midges throughout the day but did not see a single fish rise to eat them. With temps forecast around 30 for today and rain/sleet/snow I wasn't sure if I'd make it out. I'm glad I did. I fished a stretch of the same stream but closer to the source today and had a banner day of winter trout fishing!
I fished a pink squirrel of prey with a pink scud dropper all morning. Skies were cloudy and snow fell off and on throughout my outing. The first section I fished yielded around a dozen trout including the above pictured brook trout. After slaying 'em out of that hole I hiked a ways to warm up. While fishing up stream I ran into a bunch more fish!
 By the end of the day over 30 fish came to hand with most measuring between 10-12 inches. Action was fast and furious which kept me fishing but my hands were frozen by the time I headed home.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you guys had a great time! Fish look healthy.