by Phillip Dobson
It was our last relatively "warm" day for a while so I headed out to a thawed-out part of the river. Thanks to the encouragement from people here, I finally caught my first winter trout.
I learned quite a bit today that should help me in the future. Firstly, the Ice Off paste does work. A bit of ice formed, but it didn't interfere with casting. The most important lesson was to not slack-off on the rigging. Getting the flies exactly to the trout is critical given their slow metabolism, but it's tempting to take shortcuts when tying knots with frozen fingers. I wasted a lot of time with leaders that were the wrong length and flies of the wrong density for the run. When I finally took the time to get everything right, the fish cooperated nicely.
I fished dual-nymph rigs with the Sagiri 54 and a short line. I cycled through fly patterns, but every take was on a Rainbow Dexter (a fly tied with my brother's dog). I had some excitement on the last fish when, during the fight, the dropper hooked his anal fin and he ran me down the river. That's what I get for lazily tying the flies too close to one another!
With next week's weather holding in the negative temps, I think I'll have to be happy reminiscing and tying flies. Thanks for all the help!
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma