Today's a good one. Still have plenty of writing to do for work... But, started the day at 4AM in my home town chasing turkeys. Called in 2 toms and a hen, but the hen picked me off as I tried to move and her alarm put's turned the toms around before a good shot could be made. No worries, I turned around to this view of the hills rolling into the Quabbin Reservoir. The pic doesn't do it justice. What a start.
Come home, get some work done, and hit a local river for lunch. Well, local stream. Probably the best known of the local wild trout streams I fish due to the work of TU on it... but what a day. Started with a royal wulff and missed a few... put on a little orange butt caddis and hello - almost every cast brought a strike. And these fish were literally jumping out of the water on the take, it was awesome.
I'd called a local friend, and he'd got there shortly after me, and was quickly into fish like mad as well on a similar fly, and his Tenkara rod.
You can see the little orange butt I put on these caddis. Not sure why I started doing it, but it does seem to add a little extra trigger for wild fish.
After enough fish, the caddis just wouldnt float outside the calmest sections of water... So on went a trusty old #16 stimulator. And the trout didnt stop, they just kept on coming to the fly with reckless abandon.
They were chubby too. My friend noted that a few he caught were so full of little caddis larva that they were literally spewing them as he lifted them from the water. Making up for a LONG winter I guess :)
I fished only about 30 yds further up stream from here. Then headed back. Time to get back to work... but a great, invigorating lunch break for sure!
Spring is the best!