Today was a snow day. And, I'd made plans to fish. I got up early and did the requisite shoveling, then left, hoping that there would be less snow over the hill. Nope. I was pushing snow with my bumper when I got to the creek. Ok, so it's a little Toyota with a low bumper. Getting stuck was a concern. I decided "what the hell" and went for it. I'd deal with getting back out to pavement later.
With all of the fresh snow it was a beautiful morning. It was quite a show when the sun started to peek through the clouds. I'm always content to snap photos. And I never tire of scenery. The same scene on any give day is different. And, some days it changes constantly, in moments.
So, I started the morning off by nymphing, grudgingly. I got a couple of fish, and, that was enough. I proved to myself that I don't care to nymph. That's not what I came out for.
Well, the light just kept getting better. I went for a stroll and took more photos. I was content to bide my time. I'd wait. Maybe, just maybe.
I found a few fish dimpling in some slack water.
"Well, hello there" I thought. I've missed you so.
It was bye, bye beadhead. Sayonara Thingamabobber (that's all the Japanese I know Satoshi!). I promptly swapped leaders. Thirteen feet or so, tapered to 6X would do. Overkill? Well, it's standard for summer use. Might as well get reacquainted with the fine rigging. And of course, tipped with a nice juicy midge.
Now, there wasn't much for bugs on the surface. Nothing drifting in the water either. Something got the attention of at least a few fish. The midge would have to do. And, it did.
It was fun time. A bunch of little cutthroats kept me entertained. A few rainbows. A small brown. A few bigger fish cleared the water occasionally, but they never surfaced with any regularity. No matter, I'd be back and we'd do a little business when the bugs started hatching in earnest in a month or so.
All in all, not bad for a couple of hours work.
By the way, I had a new toy to try out. A Redington Classic Trout in a three weight. It's an eight and a half footer. Let's just say that it's "lively". I like it. It loads with ten to fifteen feet of three weight line in a double taper, and, that thirteen foot leader. I'm pretty sure that the size twenty midge adds significantly to the loading. A fourteen inch rainbow bends the rod clear to the reel seat. That's my fancy review.
Birds for the day. Mallards. Chickadees. Some kingfishers. A couple of snipe. Robins too.
Oh yes, I saw the first blue-winged olive of the year. He disappeared in one of those dimples.