Saturday, December 8, 2012

Undaunted



Sub-freezing temperatures are a game-changer.

Fleece, gore-tex and water repellent nylon can not change the fact that humans were not designed for wading cold rivers in winter.  One misstep with numb feet could result in a very deep, cold plunge. 

Maybe your last deep, cold plunge.


Nonetheless, "not fishing" is simply not an option.  The innate urge to stalk wild things in nature carries on despite the cold.

With each drop in water temperature, the fish slow down accordingly.  Your sense of touch needs to be 'spot on,' as aggressive takes are a thing of the past. This is doubly challenging given the cold and wind.


Sometimes, however, it all comes together and you can feel exactly what is going on at the end of your tippet. 

Such was the case with this nice brown trout.  His eat felt like a dental exam. I could feel the fly moving into his mouth in slow motion. 

It was perfect.


Although I landed a few more good fish, my mind kept playing that first brown trout's take over and over  again all afternoon. 

Moments like this make winter fly fishing well worth all of the challenges.

Although our local forecast calls for single-digit temperatures this evening, I am undaunted. 

6 comments:

  1. "not fishing is simply not an option".

    Exactly. Good stuff.

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    1. Thanks Ty. Hope the fishing is holding up in your neck of the woods.

      Brent

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  2. Nice looking blog and some great fish pics. I will be sure to throw you up on the Bum Trout blog roll. Cheers.

    Bob
    the dirt-bag responsible for Bum Trout

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    1. Thanks Bob. I appreciate you checking out the blog.

      I just reciprocated with a link on the Uprising blog roll.

      Keep up the good work.

      Brent

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  3. now I feel lazy. we passed on redfishing this weekend in favor of some lazy beach, music, eating fried seafood time. but MAN do your fish pics look good!! there really is just something extra gratifying about catching fish in below freezing temps. hats off.

    (gloves on)

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    1. Thanks Christine. True, earning every fish in the wintertime is gratifying, but I would just about kill for some lazy time on the beach right now...especially if fried seafood and/or live music are involved.

      Take care,

      Brent

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