The conditions were good. It as crisp and cold, the water was stunningly clear, and it would soon start to snow. Not the best conditions for a dry fly, but I caught two on dries today: one on a Mr. Rapidan, one on an Irresistible. The other fish were taken on pink worms, Something or Others, and a brightly colored Bergman style wet fly.
The little ones above came from a section of stream that is starting a rebound after being cleaned out by scavengers a few years ago. It was good to see some fish there. Downstream from a man made waterfall I caught a bunch of beauties. I was waiting for a real monster of a brooky, but he never came. I know he's in there somewhere! At that point it was snowing very heavily. If you haven't fished in the snow, it is a magical experience. Particularly if you are catching native char.
A perfect trip to start out the year. I was worried I would start out on a skunk, which certainly didn't happen. It's going to be a good year I think.