I fished for about an hour today, my first outing of the year. Would have fished longer, but my feet got numb, and an NCAA Elite Eight basketball game was calling my name. The fish were very cooperative, and I caught 6 or 8 brown trout on #18 Parachute Adams and #16 Commando Adams. Pictured is my first trout of 2014, his mouth full of fly, a monster of a fish measuring in at perhaps 4″. All of the others I landed were perhaps 9″ or 10″.
Several flavors of caddis were floating around, all small, along with some very small mayflies, likely Blue-Winged Olives. The temperature was right around 60, and there was a stiff breeze, even at the bottom of Beaver Creek Valley, which is seldom windy because it is such a narrow and deep valley.
I was able to break in a brand new 9-foot 5-weight rod, thanks to a sale at Cabela’s and some gift cards from the Fam. It worked well, though it’s a bit beefy for this small creek, which is closed in by brush and trees. But when one has a new rod, one fishes with the new rod. Looking forward to using it on some more open water.
The People of the Trees ate three of my flies today, which is a bit of a disappointment for such a short time on the water. I blame this on the wind, not my casting and certainly not the new rod.