I got to spend an hour or so yesterday exploring piece of river I thought would hold good rainbow trout. I was correct, but they didn't eat my black woolly bugger. I saw some tankers in the perfect river. It was at the best possible level and clarity, but some ice was floating the current.
I don't mind trips during which I catch no fish (this time of year they are numerous), particularly in such a setting. This little mossy valley contained a climate not unlike the Pacific Northwest, with plenty of conifers and moss. Ice crystals covered the bank, and I tried my best not to damage the gorgeous formations. Who says fishing is a warm weather activity?