Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Skating Rink Adventure

As many fly fishermen wait for the Spring, I am out fishing in the coldest of temperatures.  Give me three or four hand warmers.  One for each glove and one or two under my hat.  You see, winter is a special time of the year.  No crowds for the most part and big fish that eat streamers.  I love it all, but there is always a chance that there could be a slip and fall.  So, you have to be careful on that skating rink!

And I am sure grateful that I have my Patagonia Foot Trackers this winter... 

They have definitely been my most favorite pair of wading boots.  Yes, they are on the high end in price.  But, I believe that I will get every dollar spent out of them.  I will have the improved balance that I need on rocky river beds and on big boulders to hike over.  I've already tested them on some of the most difficult rivers to walk and climb around. 

I'm sure glad that I had them in toe the last two weekends.  It was time for a little bit of streamer fishing.  Something that I haven't done a lot of.  But, I was going with some friends and felt a bit more comfortable tossing these hooks with fur and feathers attached to them.

  It was the first time that I have gone non-stop with streamers on my line the whole day.  And it was fun!  When the fish take that piece of meat at the end of the hook... There is little chance of them coming off of it.  But, if your knot isn't quite tight enough... yeah, you might as well say goodbye.  Fortunately, none of that happened.  I was given some good fights and netted some beautiful rainbows and one cutthroat.  I was way pleased about the cuttie, as I don't catch that species very often.

A cutthroat that wants to look like a steelhead.  Ha!

But, I loved the rainbows too.  Nice and fat.  Healthy fish.

My new buddy, Gerald, and one of his prizes... This guy can fish!  He walks the river faster than anyone that I have seen...  He catches a few, and off he goes to harrass some more fish in the next hole.  Lol.

And Cody's hook jaw rainbow took a big meal!  Cody has fished with me before 
and is a great river buddy.

We all had some great fish.  But, as always... 
The trip is better when you have friends to tag along.

Thanks guys, for a great outing...

When you catch fish... You don't remember how frozen you were.  Ha! 
 I will go skating for fish anytime!