Skunk cabbage, brookies, and…snow?

Just when you you thought it was OK to go outside without a jacket, Mother Nature throws a day like today at you. Well, I had my heavy fleece on when I stepped into the woods and headed toward yon brook trout stream. But snow? Geez, I knew it was cold (41 degree air temp at 9:30am). I guess I was emotionally unprepared for frozen water to be falling from the sky.

The stream was up, running clear, and warmer than the air. No hatch activity save for one lonely caddis witnessed on the hike out. I don’t know what to make of this stream. In two hours, I pricked ten, landed one. I fished dry upstream and wet downstream. The significance of that is that I drew only two strikes subsurface. I would have expected more action below.

This leads me to several possible conclusions:

1) This stream is continuing the downward trend it has exhibited over the last few years.

2) That cold front last night sucked the life out of the bite.

3) I have absolutely no idea what’s going on.

I can say with certainty that are are far worse ways to spend a morning than wandering along a thin blue line with a fly rod in your hand.

Amidst the dreary browns and greys of winter, wondrous chlorophyl makes a statement.


Holding the first native of the year in your hands — then releasing her — is always a special occasion. She took the dry, a size 16 Improved Sofa Pillow.


3 comments on “Skunk cabbage, brookies, and…snow?

  1. RMLytle says:

    Yeah that snow was a surprise. Nice little native jewel there.

  2. Dwight says:

    Water was high and fishing was slow in my little corner of the S Appalacians yesterday. (Chattooga R in SC). Perhaps I should not share the air temp! It did not snow. Brook Trout are slowly being restored in smaller creeks here. Alas, the one I caught yesterday came from a hatchery. There’s that little thrill when you reel one in. . . Then you see the raceway-worn tail fin.

    • Steve Culton says:

      It sounds pretty good, Dwight. I love that you can find the east’s only native trout (char) from Georgia to Maine. These are special fish, no matter how small they are. Please keep us posted on the restoration process.

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