I received a text from a fishing buddy that wanted to start the year off right with his first trout of 2015 and I was of the same mind. Some guys can be hard to fish with, but Brandyn is a great angler, not to mention easy-going and considerate.
Brandyn found a lane with a few smaller bows in it when a very specific sound rang across the river. In a blink, his Cabelas rod went from a 4-piece to a 5-piece. I was watching him when it happened, and the 14″ rainbow that was the “cause” was neither monstrous nor particularly determined. He wasn’t even horsing it in. On the hike out, Brandyn muttered, “I should have listened to the reviews that said it’ll snap for no good reason.”
While I was thinking we’d just prematurely rung the last-call bell, Brandyn said he’d fish his new
dilapidated custom 7′ rod and make the most of the two guides he had left. This wasn’t the worst idea, as evidenced below. We both found a half-dozen fish each, on 8 different flies. Suffice to say, the usual suspects for winter fishing are worth trying: baetis, midges, stones, and annelids. The most activity has been in the afternoons when things warm up a bit.