I admit to having very little experience catching trout in the winter, particularly when it's cold and snowy. Quite often I am humbled by the stream's residents, unable to entice any response to my offerings. In general that was the experience today. Try as I might, my selection of fly was invariably unable to draw a response. The Picket Pin, Sparrow, Frenchie and EC all failed to connect. When BRK TRT finally caught a couple of brookies on the surface using a small dry fly, I switched to a size 16 Hemingway caddis and after a while caught the one small brookie pictured below. In spite of the lack of success, it was a beautiful day in the woods and I'd gladly do it again.
On occasion you run into some interesting stuff in the woods. Hopefully this home-made cross isn't the burial site of one of this stream's beautiful wild brook trout.