First of all… Happy New Year!! It’s time for 2015!
Now for a quick report. I was at a New Years party until about 2, which is when I planned to leave and hit a local pond to try and get my first fish of the year. My plan was hit the pond at 2ish, go home, sleep, and then hit a river later… maybe 6ish. But When I got to the pond, it had a thin layer of ice on it, making it impossible to fish on. I was considering heading home but I still wanted to do a bit of fishing, so I headed home, grabbed my waders, fly rod, pack, fly box, and a handful of headlamps, and headed up to the Nissitissit. I pulled up to the lot by the Shattuck Oil Company at around 3, and got ready. It was pitch black, and there was no chance I could have fished without my headlamps (they are a useful thing for all fly fishers to have). I rigged up my 4 weight with an orange egg and a small ball of tungsten putty, and hit the water. After a while, I hooked up with a fish, and fought the little 11 inch brown trout to the net. It was tough getting it in the net with the lack of light, but I finally scooped him up, unhooked him, and let him swim back into the pool. I pulled out my phone and hit the power button. 3:45. Not bad for the first trout of the year. I fished for another 45 minutes, and then was ready to get out of there.
3:45 is my personal record for “earliest trout caught”, although I have caught bass and sunfish and such much earlier (12:01, 12:03, etc.). but I did hear that someone else caught a trout today at 12:20. That’s impressive!
I also decided to make a few “fly fishing resolutions” for 2015. Here they are as of now…
- Catch a 22+ inch brown trout (They do get that big in MA, but they are rare in rivers around here. Catching them often means using BIG streamers.)
- Catch a tiger trout (I don’t fully support the stocking of these fish (that’s another post), but they are here, and I have never caught one on my fly rod.)
- Catch a Swift trout on a size 32 dry (I recently ordered some size 32’s (thanks Ken!), and now I’d like to try to rise a Swift river ‘bow on one.)
- Get better at fly fishing in ponds (I mostly fly fish in rivers, and don’t have a ton of experience fishing in ponds)
- Catch a salmon from the Quinapoxet or Stillwater next October (There wasn’t much of a run last year because of the low water levels, so I missed out. This year!)
- Fish with some new people (I’ve talked to a lot of good people on various fishing sites, and would like to make some new fishing buddies.)
That’s it for now… I am sure more will arise as the season goes on. Do you have any fly fishing resolutions? If you do, share them in the comments!
That’s about it for today; hope you guys enjoyed the holidays! I’ll have some reports (depending on how often I get out), or some other topics coming in the future. Enjoy the New Year!