Well, it was another of those days of Winter fishing. Slooooow and cold. I am seriously debating whether it's worthwhile heading out in the Winter. I just can't seem to be able to key on the fish or even figure out where they hang out. Today, I finally saw a few rainbow trout hang out in a slow side pocket. I tried a few dead drifts with no interest and when retrieved the fly with twitches - bang! Finally my first trout of the year!
bye bye! see you when you're bigger!
Erik's Stone Fly Sakasa Kebari
I was able to land it with my new Tamo, finally being able to put to use (other than just having it stick out on my behind). The fish wasn't huge by any means, actually a bit on the small side, but it perfectly fit the Tamo!
Today was another windy day, with gusts blowing first downstream and then upstream. Casting was a pain today, so I really don't want post much about the Mystic Creek Leader, but I have to say it's a fine piece of equipment. It casts ok in the wind, better than I expected. It has more mass than the Tenkara USA furled line and if wet, it absorbs some of the water. You can cast it with quite some punch. Over the next few outings, I will see how the line casts when I dress it first so that it doesn't absorb (much) water.
Well, you might have already figured it out, the little rainbow trout was the only fish caught today, but hey, I got the skunk off and I was able to spend some time on the river.
This was probably also my last trout of the season, since Colorado's season ends now on March 31 - and opens an April 1. Thank god there is no closed season!!
How much longer can it hold on?
South Platte, around Nighthawk
Water Temp: cold, sludge in the morning
Air Temp: 26F @ 9.45am, 44F @ 3.00pm
Weather: overcast, windy/breezy