Winter Fishing

The snow finally arrived in December, and we actually had decent snowfall for the month. But it also got very cold. It has been below zero at night for several weeks, including a very chilly 32 below zero recently. The rivers froze and I watched the daytime high temperatures hover in the single digits. The fly rod collected dust. It finally warmed up into the 20s yesterday, so I headed up to the Taylor River C&R section. It was actually in the mid 30s up there and felt like a heat wave. This is the longest I have gone without fishing in over 10 years, including when I had knee surgery during the winter of 2007. My buddy Chuck in Michigan asked if I had developed a twitch yet. It was close. So it was definitely good to get out on the river yesterday for a few hours. I caught some decent fish, including a nice 22-inch rainbow. Not a huge fish for up there, but I am certainly not complaining. Winter fishing in the Rockies can be tough, and I am always grateful for the opportunity to chase trout.

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