Saturday, January 24, 2009

Drifting Flies

I found a few hours to head to the river today. Temperatures were in the 40's with a few midges coming off, but I couldn't seem to crack the code today. Still a nice day to be out and standing in moving water. I scouted a few other locations that I thought may have some open areas due to the recent warm temperatures but nothing panned out. Unfortunately, my scouted spots were all locked up solid in the full grasp of winter ice. Maybe some water time tomorrow will be more fruitful in the pursuit of trout.

A nice hole on the river

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Leeching For Browns

Another quick lunch trip for brown trout resulted in my best "quick trip" fish so far this year. Furious leaping and tail walking capped of a great sparring match on the three weight with this beautiful trout. I still can't quite understand their fury for the leech but I am reluctant to mix up flies when this continues to work so well. The weather forecast is calling for a change tomorrow. I hope the bite continues through the coming cold snap predicted over the next five days.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Brown Trout Brown Bag

A quick lunch trip on a 50 degree day in mid-January produced a nice brown with another broken off and a few slashing follows as well. It seems almost criminal to have browns chasing stripped leeches in January. A beautiful midge hatch was in full swing as well. I plan to keep taking advantage of this fantastic weather while it lasts here in the Rockies.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Beautiful Winter Day On The River

Adam and I headed out early under the stars and the hint of a sunrise to get a full day on the river. The forecast appeared perfect for a day out in mid-January. Upon arrival we found no fellow fishermen and a trackless snow covered shoreline. It was surprising to see very few people out on such a nice day. We fought a little ice in the guides early, and the fishing wasn't lightning fast but it did produce quality fish when a fish was hooked. I stuck to my big fly theory, fishing nothing under size 10, and was rewarded with some stout fish and my first brown trout ever from this particular stretch. It is heavily dominated by rainbows making the browns a very nice novelty and they also tend to be decent sized when found. We fished, enjoyed some good beer (Duvel and Slow Elk among others) and had a tremendous winter day of no wind and temperatures approaching the 50s. Wildlife sightings of mule deer, white tail, antelope, bald eagles, hawks and plenty of waterfowl kept the day interesting with many encounters. On the way back from the river we stopped in one of the least light polluted places in Wyoming to get a good look at the milky way in all its glory. It was quite a way to end the day and a perfect finish for Adam's first trip of the year.

Moon setting in the morning over the cliffs

Adam starts the year right with a nice wild rainbow

Icy guides and gnarly jaws

Mule deer crossing the river

Wild rainbow with a kype jaw

Video of rainbow being released

Brown trout taken on a leech

Adam finishing the day on a nice run

Monday, January 12, 2009

Open Blue Lines

A little adventure to some open water I scouted on Saturday produced a pair of nice brown trout during the short time I had available to fish. Swinging the little three weight for the first time in 2009 felt wonderful. A non-weighted tandem of the hot head leech and long annelid successfully enticed a few winter brown trout resulting in my first trout on the fly to ring in the new year. With less than an hour to cast, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Fighting the ice in my guides and slipping around in the fresh snow seemed like a small price to pay for the flexing dance of the three weight under load from a wild brown.

First brown trout of the year

Second brown trout of hopefully many to come in the new year

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday On The Ice

A windless Sunday in southeastern Wyoming is a rare bird indeed. George and I took advantage of the forecast calling for calm winds and sunny skies and had a beautiful day on some local hardwater. Temps topped out in the 20s but with the ice shack's passive solar and no wind to speak of, it felt great out there. We found a decent amount of rainbow trout in the 14 inch range with a couple nicer fish interspersed to keep things interesting. Shoe met up with us in the morning and did very well on the rainbows before moving on in search of perch elsewhere in the valley. I decided to keep one of the smaller rainbows for dinner which turned out to be a very delicious idea. Oven baked fresh rainbow trout after a day on the ice was the perfect ending to a wonderful day afield.

A nice trout George landed

My better rainbow for the day

Another pretty rainbow George is releasing

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Day 2009

I like to try to get out on the first day of the year each season. 2009 started off with a beautiful trip on the ice with George. The ice was vacant and we had a great time with midsized rainbow trout coming in throughout the day. I managed one 11 inch brook trout that ended up on the breakfast table the following morning. Brookies are a tasty treat with bacon and eggs. The first day of the new year always holds such promise for fishing and I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip in 2009. A day filled with with good beer, good fishing, and good conversation.