|Balmy Opening Temperature|
|Nice Steam Rolling Off The Water At Daybreak|
|One of Seven From The First Run.|
|Another Quality Fish From Down Under|
|The First In a Flurry of Caddis Eating Fish Topside|
|Homemade Beef Barley Soup For Lunch|
|Some Bows Too|
|Guess He Wanted That Rock Candy Larva|
|And Many Of These Guys On Top From 2 Till Dark|
|The Water Was Boiling Till Dark|
|Loads Of These Guys Again This Morning|
|And Size 30-32 Olives Later. OUCH!|
After things slowed, I meandered up the bank to the truck for another slug off the thermos and then I moved on. I continued to have success in spurts, where there was one, there were more.
As the clock neared 10:00 AM, I put the nymph rig down and grabbed my dry fly rod and made way to some slower water in hopes of heads.
Luckily, I wasn't disappointed and immediately found not only heads but solitude. The winter caddis were popping at a good clip and the fish were on them happily. After a couple of fish on top including one just shy of 18 inches, my solitude disappeared and I followed.
Moving on to greener pastures I decided to spark up the stove and put my first bowl of soup on. Within minutes one of moms greatest concoctions was steaming and I was knuckles deep in a hearty bowl of beef barley soup, one of my favorites. A piece of crusty bread and I was living large.
After pure gluttony, I waddled back to the river in search of some more heads, but the wind kicked up and I basically took a long scenic walk finding nothing but broken water. Back to nymph fishing I dredged up a few more nice browns and a couple of healthy rainbows before I decided to make for some more slack water to see if there were any more surface feeders.
With the water slowly scattered with Blue Winged Olives too small to tie, and a mixed bag of various midges, I stayed topside till dark and managed a couple more handfuls of smaller but quality browns who were feeding very regularly in the film.
As dark fell I fired up the stove for a second round of soup then off for home. A nice double digit outing of quality fish in December, what's better than that? And most of them were on the surface too, a double positive.
When I got home I was greeted by my two girls who made me the best two birthday cards a guy could ask for. Now off to dinner with the wife to round the day out. What a day, and tomorrow should be a good one too, as I will be teaching a tying class to a nice group of people. Stay tuned.