Just when we thought it was safe to get back in the water! After 2 weekends in a row of mid 60’s, blue skies and eager trout I thought we were in the clear. I thought the dark , wet and grey days of another pacific northwest winter were behind us! As is so often the case mother nature had other ideas. 12 to 18″ of snow in the mountains, inches of rain in the valleys and a return to temps in the high 30’s and low 40’s.
My friend Jim and I had plans to fish some small tributary streams on Sunday and weather be damned that is what we did. Water temps had dropped off sharply and the fish went back into their sluggish, uninterested winter mode. We spent the day exploring several gorgeous little mountain streams and by the time we declared it was just to damn cold I had brought in 1 tiny rainbow and 2 whitefish. Not a total skunk and we found a few areas that will be worth returning to when it warms up.