Today I met Brk Trt on a small wild trout stream. We had not fished this particular stream since New Years Day and were anxious to see how the local residents had fared after the long winter. We were both using soft hackle flies. We both soon found that the brookies had survived and were quite robust and feisty. We spotted some rising, some just sitting in the sun. Al landed a rather large brookie in the spot we call the Black Hole. This fish tested his 3 weight, fighting hard. I would estimate this fish to be easily 10 inches, one of the larger residents of this stream.
As we moved upstream I found a nice deep run and managed to stick three and brought one to hand.
I watched one chase the soft hackle from the end of the pool, as I stripped the fly, saw the swirl, felt the take , and promptly missed him.
In the early afternoon as I headed downstream, I stopped at deep plunge pool, decided to try a shorter version of Euro Nymphing, tied on a small Fenchie, promptly hooked and lost the first two fish and then landed the third, a large beautifully colored brookie close to 10 inches.
At that point I ended the day on a high point!!