I took advantage of the warmer weather today to fish a very popular limestoner. Many streams have a lot of ice on them from the recent spate of cold weather so the fishing options were limited.
The stream was lower than expected. The water temperature was 45 degrees and I did not have high expectations. It was a strange day of fishing. I had long periods of inactivity and was ready to leave, then I would catch a trout or two or get follows. In the first half hour I didn't have a single follow on a spinner, so I switched to a small Countdown Rapala. The first two casts produced nothing but a nice trout followed on the next two casts but didn't hit. A few minutes later my first trout of the day came to hand. It was a 14 inch wild brown trout. Only two more trout were landed the first hour, browns of 13.75 and 13 inches.
The second hour also produced only three trout; a 9.5 inch native brookie and browns of 12 and 10.5 inches. I decided to try a spinner again, but tied on a different one. On my first cast, a big trout drilled it and took to the air. Fortunately, the hooks held and a few minutes later, I measured a 16.5 inch brown. On the very next cast, I caught an 11 inch brown. A nice trout followed on the next cast but didn't hit. I wondered why I hadn't tried that spinner earlier. I caught two small browns before having another period of inactivity.
A 13.5 inch brown and a 9 inch brook interrupted the inactivity before another dead period made me decide to head back to my car.
I went to a section I hadn't fished this year. I caught three browns of 12, 10, and 12 inches, along with a 10.75 inch brook trout. I fished up a little further before heading back to my car. On the way back, a pickup truck with two fishermen pulled over and asked me how the fishing was. I told them it was slow for the most part. They said they had not yet caught any.
I drove to one more spot which has been very reliable for me this year. Unfortunately, it became very apparent that the section had recently been fished. I only had one trout follow, so I decided to call it a day. For the day, I caught only 16 trout; 13 browns and 3 brooks. The biggest trout was a 16.5 inch brown. I caught my first hog of the year and what will likely be my last big trout of the year in the same stream.
Even though it's supposed to warm up this Saturday, it's very unlikely that I will fish again in 2017, so hopefully 2018 will have great conditions and superb fishing.