I met Alan, Mark, John and Pete mid-morning for the annual first of the year fishing trip. This year we were deprived of snow, but the cold temperature more than made up for it. After a bit of a calamitous start to the outing, most of us were able to hit the water for some pre-lunch fishing. Mark and Pete headed upstream, while John and I headed downstream at the first stream we decided to fish. While the action was very slow (to non-existent), I was able to catch one brown on the pink worm fly. After a delicious lunch of venison chili and chicken noodle soup, we headed to a second nearby stream for some afternoon fishing. While Alan worked a deep pool near where we started, I took his advice and went to a great corner pool that usually offers up a decent brookie. Once again, the pink worm worked its magic and a beautiful brookie came to hand, was photographed and released. I roamed downstream a bit, but was viciously attacked by the pricker-bushes that line the stream (preventing easy access to many stretches of water). Rather than fight the offending flora, I got away from the stream and walked around looking for Alan. I figured that he had moved downstream to a major pool, but seeing that he wasn't there I returned upstream and found that he had already called it a day. It was a reasonable decision, a good time to get out of the cold. This was a great way to start 2014. I look forward to fishing with everyone many more times this year.
Thank you Alan and Mark for providing the hot food.