Last weekend I was convinced winter would never end....thank goodness it's not last weekend anymore! It was definitely not tropical for the days I got out this week, but it was comfortable and, more importantly, enjoyable. I visited some old haunts and did my fair share of exploring, a task made considerably harder by the ever softening knee-to-waist deep snow. It was a good enough excuse in my mind to break out the skis for one last time this season and use them in a new capacity.(It actually worked much better than I had anticipated, haha)
Besides the relief of being out of doors again, the fishing was really good. It was still cold enough that things didn't pick up till around the noon hour most of my days afield, and the best activity was 2-4pm. Nymphing made up ninety percent of the approach this week, and a good presentation in a likely piece of water was usually rewarded. The magic pattern for the week had to be The Ugly Coyote. You'll find the video for that pattern here, Ugly Coyote. Also had some good action on sculpin head streamers through the deeper and darker pieces of water, but only in that warmest part of the day.
It was both an eventful and productive week, and for me that's about as good as it gets. A season of driftless adventure awaits, and I couldn't be more excited!
Oh yeah! On top of the fantastic fishing and general adventure I decided it would be a good idea to buy a pink whitewater canoe... The newest member of the armada is a 13' Solo Dagger-Encore. There is some basic outfitting I have yet to do, but I've got a good month left before it'll be warm enough to shoot the chutes!