My most recent outing was entirely unplanned. I was sick as a dog for much of last week and confined to the house on Saturday. Luckily, my cold somewhat subsided by Sunday and decided I needed some air. Never one to let an opportunity pass, I visited a local spot I fished last fall.
There was barely any shelf ice remaining from early winter and the water was low and clear. I started at the tail-out of a productive run that I know to hold fish. To my surprise, I actually spotted a pod of browns and ‘bows feeding semi-actively.
Carefully, I crept into casting position and made some drifts over them. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before I was tight on a fish. I went three-of-four before the the action stopped. I half-heartedly fished a few more spots without much success before calling it a day.
Overall, It was a bit of a bittersweet moment. As much as I enjoy opportunities to fish during the winter, I found asking: at what cost? The increasingly unpredictable weather and frequent warm spells can’t be good for the fish. Trout are cold water fish after all. Without a snow pack, it seems like it may be another tough summer for them. Let’s hope that things turn around soon.