Today dawned frigid and cloudy, but I still felt that hitting a wild trout creek would be reasonable. I went to a fine freestone that has a good population of wild fish. I used the same fly as yesterday. The first pool gave up a little yearling brown. I hooked a baby rainbow too, but the feller jumped off at my feet. The next pool was deeper and has a good run at the top. It was in this run that I hooked a good brown trout. He put up a good fight, thankfully clearing the ice out of my guides. The beautiful fish finally gave in after quite a struggle in the fast water at the tail of the pool. I photographed him and released the perfect fish back into the cold December river. This cold season has been so good to me so far!