I'm taking a moment to put a few pic's up - some may have been here before. But Overall, it felt like a fun process as I sit here...
First off, it's only about 2-3 months until we see a stream in spring like the river below. This is the river I cut my teeth on, and I love it. Looking upstream here is close to 2 miles of woods to the next road if you follow the river... Have to love fishing spots like that :)
Some times a fly just works. Several years ago I learned about the "McPhail bug. A simple combo of yellow floss, epoxy, marker and red/orange wire. That's it. Oh, and a lead or tungsten underbody of wire. It's an awesome little fly. I dont know how I got this pic with the dark background... wish I remembered because it's a cool pic of a great little bug to drift through deeper cuts like that one to the right of the big rock in the pic above.
The last few years there has been a bit of talk about the "original" Adams dry, with down wings and golden pheasant tail vs the "modern" upwing and hackle tailed fly. I dont know that the "original" (below) fishes better, but I do have fun tying them, and fishing them in spots like the pic above just feels good. It's like the Parmechene Belle in my last post or a Gray Ghost or other fly with history... Something fun about using historically significant flies.
What's coming though? Hopefully more day's like this. That's Rosemary bundled up to the right (barely visible), by friend Chris's kiddos and my kiddos (two tiny ones are mine) and Chris (holding the bass) out on the Ice. Ice fishing to me is not about "skill". It's about being with family and friends. It's about enjoying time outside, and goofing off, eating snacks and drinking coco! That's it.
Often the fish you catch are not as bick as the bass Chris caught above (ever since, my son (wearing the white hat dead center) likes to call them "Largemail Bass". Goof ball. That aside, often the fish you catch are like the little sunny below. I'm mostly a catch and release guy... but, every now and then, keeping a bunch of these guys and enjoying the tasty fillet's is just awesome!
Yep, 2.5 years old last winter and taking after dad and mom putting the hurt on the blue gills :).
It's winter, but that just means new outside fun is around the corner! Enjoy it!