Welcome to 2011. The fish are biting and the weather is turning cold. I had a great week last week but the weather is going downhill for this week. It will probably be a little tough out there with the temps not getting above freezing and I'm sitting here waiting on the snow. If it does snow, I will try to get out and fish--something about fishing in the snow that makes it special. Probably won't stay out long, but I'll take some photos.
The browns returned to the shoals after everyone had given up on the spawn. This is the latest I can remember the brown spawn occurring. They showed up in numbers this past week. How long it will last is anybody's guess. Egg patterns, red ass flies and other soft hackles caught fish this last week.
I'm trying something new this time. I did some underwater photography last week and wish you would take a look and send some comments. I caught these "slot" browns (all were 17 to 22 inches) and photographed them in more natural shots rather than the trophy photos (fisherman holding the fish). It was a lot of fun and a learning process. I hope to do more in the future. It is amazing to me when you are on the river at the right time to witness the brown trout on the shoals. If you are there at the right time, the fishing can be fantastic.
If you would like to see the photos, please go to photo albums an click (see all albums), scroll down and then click (last). Scroll down to Brown Trout Action and take a look.
The river is still low and clearing more each day. The water is the clearest I've seen it in the last couple of years. Please watch for the redds when you are wading the shoals and try to avoid disturbing the eggs.
Stay warm and be safe!