|John Working A Nice Drift|
|The Reward After A Long Day|
John and Andrew are true die-hards, they grin and bared what most people would have easily given up on. A day of missed opportunities could best sum up our time up. Wanting to work on their nymph skills, with the water temps still in the high 30's, we rigged up with indies and a pair of nymphs and hit some high percentage water. A few good hook ups early, but dropped fish left us optimistic, but weary. A quick demonstration of some of the nuances of the craft had me hooked up at a most inopportune time, and I opted for the break off, as poor Andrew had just run drifts through the same piece of water for at least 30-45 minutes. After hitting several high percentage runs without anything to show for it, John managed to squeak out a respectable brown with about 10 minutes left in our day. Persistence paid in this case, as is evident in John's smile.
|Waiting For Scenes Like These|
All was not lost, as Andrew and John both said although humbling, today was an eye opener at the very least. Being used to fishing during the prime months of May, June and July, the two felt a bit spoiled at the fact that fishing that time of the year is a much different game, where fish tend to hook themselves, and less concentration is needed upon every inch of your drift. Even though the boys walked away with a bunch of new tips to add to their nymphing bag of tricks and few fish to hand, they were very excited on the things that they learned, ad are eager for warmer days, greener foliage, blanket hatches, hungry trout and the chance to employ their new tricks.
I too can't wait for things to feel more like spring, I just hope we don't have a repeat of last year when it went from snow to 90's without anything in between.