Winter in a week

Winter in a week

-15 degrees.  40 degrees.  Slush ice and even a trout rise.  In the winter, before you can hunt a trout, you have to hunt the forecast.   Dan and Grant were targeting Monday about ten days before the date.  The forecast held.  They launched with guide Matt into a...
Too Cold

Too Cold

In what might be a first, I didn’t fish this week.  There was a day to go but that came and went, and then it got pretty cold.  Yesterday’s high temperature was about six degrees.  Today was around nine.  The wind chill wasn’t fun.  It snowed all day...
Rusty’s Laid Back Drake

Rusty’s Laid Back Drake

I’m not quite sure who originated this fly, but I saw Rusty tie it a long time ago.  It’s a good pattern for the larger drake and drake-like mayflies: brown drakes, March Browns, even hex.  Not only does it work for the duns, and not only does it float...
First cold

First cold

Last night was one of those windy December nights when the temperature plummets and everything freezes and you wake up with a little snow on the ground and more falling and, well, it’s winter.  The next ten days look to be a deep freeze.  The kids had no school...