The perch were being really annoying, and there is only so much obnoxious behavior I can tolerate from 5-10 inch perch, so I caught 10 and switched gears.
|Demarcation between creek water and lake water.|
In cold water you have to fish slow, and takes will come infrequently. In some places it is possible to get into thick schools, especially warmwater discharges. But this lake can be frustratingly uniform in temperature and that leads to fish being spread out. It is easy to lose focus, casting over and over and over, retrieving the fly with a slow two-hand pull. Patience pays. I found my needle.
Got a pretty solid first smallie of the year with snow on the ground, got some mink photos. That's good enough for me.