About halfway up the canyon, still looking for any sign of rising fish and coming up empty I spotted something interesting standing on an ice shelf in the middle of the river. By the time I got the truck stopped, backed up, and the camera out it had taken off but I managed to get this picture of a nice big bald eagle.
Continuing up the canyon I stopped at one of my favorite spots. In my last report just before Christmas I had caught a couple fish here but as I broke through the brush I could see it wasn't going to happen this day. The picture below shows the ice over the top of a run that held at least 7 feeding fish last time I was here.
|Another Shot of an Icy River|
Finally I stopped at a run that I have had good luck with finding rising fish but I thought for sure it would be iced over as it is a fairly calm bend. Even the riffles were frozen solid in some places so I figured there would be no way this place would be ice free. I could see though, as I approached, several Ducks swimming in the run, so I knew that was a good sign. When I pulled the truck up and hopped out I was greeted by a welcome sight. One hundred yards of very accessible water. The only thing I needed now were the fish to cooperate. The surface was pretty calm and so I decided to walk slowly down the bank and see if anything showed up. I had just turned my back on the river to duck under some brush when I heard a slurp. Quickly I turned back to see the dissipating ripples left by a rise. Then the white mouth of a nice fish appeared again and took another midge from the waters surface. That's all it took to get me in gear. I slowly backed away from the bank then sprinted to my pickup, jumped into my waders, and grabbed my fly rod. A couple minutes later I was hooked up with my first fish of 2011.
|Happy New Year!|
|Fish Number 2|