Fifty-Sixty






I fished twice this week. The first day it was fifty degrees.  Yesterday, the temperature reached into the lower sixties. There was little wind. The holdover robins and resident chickadees carried on as if it were spring.

Not bad for February, in Montana.

And, unlike Punxsatawny Phil, I saw my shadow.

The midges never showed, either day.  So, it was a nymphing game.

With no rising fish, there was no need to go ultra fine as far as tippet.  So, I fished with impunity and used 5X.  What a luxury.  It's amazing how strong tippet material has become.

Yesterday, I lost a bunch of fish before finally sliding the net under one.  Some days are like that. Get a pull or two out of a fish, then its gone.  Maybe just a roll...gone.  A flash...gone.  Or, a quick tail flop on the surface, and then....gone.  Brief meetings all.  Mere casual acquaintances.  Long distance releases.  A whole bunch of Sayonara amigos.


 



After lunch I got the folding lawn chair out of the car.  Some folks pack cell phones and first aid kits. I pack a lawn chair.  You know, just in case of an emergency.  Like a nap attack.  So, I stretched out in the sun, sipped tea and took in the mountain views.  Ah, sweet February sunshine.





With mind and body rejuvenated, I went back out just to make sure the fishing tackle still worked properly.  This time, the fish stayed hooked, the net got wet.  The meetings were up close and personal.  The greetings..."howdy pard".  The partings..."there you go, tell you're friends how well you were treated."








But the blasted midges still didn't show.

Of course, the big one got away.

Comments

  1. What a trout bum, fishing like that in the tropics! Aargh. I wish I was in Montana now. With cutthroat trout happy to be released. Today we had a high of 4 degrees F., with wind chill factor of minus 30. No wonder I'm acting like this. But Les, thank you for sharing your piece of paradise. I enjoyed it.

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    1. Trout bum, I like the sound of that Walt. Talk about role reversal. Weren't you the one who was just hiking under tropical conditions?

      I'm sure that we haven't seen the last of the crappy weather, but this window of fifty degree days will go a long way in improving the winter morale of this angler.

      Minus thirty windchill? Aargh matey, I'll send you some good weather!

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  2. Nice. The midges will come. Love these mid-winter windows of warmth.

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    1. Jim, it looks like you got into the midges before I did. I'm sure they'll start to show up soon. Wait, one just flew by the window!

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    2. Lester
      Wow, sixties out your way, surprised the midge hatch didn't occur. Quality rainbow with some colorful gill plates----hopefully spring will appear early for you guys this year---thanks for sharing

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    3. Hi Bill, the fish are in good shape and showing off their spring colors. Maybe the bugs will get going if we get some cloudy days. Thanks for stopping by....

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  3. Les; Nice post as usual. Great colors on some of the Rainbow snaps. I like the lawn chair part...sitting in sun on a February! I sat on my porch the other day.
    bob

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    1. Hi Bob, glad you liked the post. It's good to hear that the sun is arcing north to Alberta so you could "set a spell" outside. Packing the lawn chair (a lounger actually) has been a nice touch if I may say so myself. Being able to stretch out is much appreciated by the old back.

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  4. Nice Les..hopefully we'll get out soon here in Maine..

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    1. Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by. Ice out not too far off? Sixty-three here today.

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