Sunday, February 21, 2010

Earthquake, Tying Classes and Fishing......Today!

As I was getting ready to leave to teach fly tying this morning, I was looking out the window at the bird feeder and a loud rumbling filled the air.  The floor vibrated slightly, and in seconds it was over - an earthquake.  Our house is only a few miles from the epicenter so we got the most of what was later called a mild earthquake, 2.6!  If it was cloudy and dark, we might have thought it was deep thunder in the distance.

Then it was off to back to back tying sessions at Shannon's fly shop - each a full house of eager tyers.  We tied a Chimarra caddis larva, a hendrickson emerger, and an egg-laying caddis pattern of mine.  Good fun.

After heading home and having lunch with my wife and her walking buddy Megan, I hit the river.  Clear blue skies, full sun and temps in the 40's.  Lots of snow was still on the banks of the river, which was a perfect level, clear and inviting.  As I rigged up while standing in the shallows, fish rose lazily to the few little black flies that landed on the water surface.

I fished the Chimarra caddis larva shown here -

And caught this beauty -
 
I also hooked two others, but they quickly threw the fly before I could gain any control.........I'm a little rusty I guess.

It's good to be busy...and catch a trout.         

6 comments:

Midgeman said...

Great looking little larva! Nice rainbow as well....

Dan (aka Beaverkill) said...

Ended up landing two on an orange scud...There were a few Size 14 Little Stones in the snow along the bank yesterday..

Anonymous said...

like i said earlier, got a couple grabs on an orange beadhead zebra nymph, but with the cold today...tommorrow as per this post... I was more numb than the fish....had a fellow step in upstream of me by ten feet!?!?!?? said he was killin' them on a wolly bugger? nice clear water, and calm..then a cold breeze blew up and chased me home. I love the river in winter, it is so quiet..very, very few people, and the one that decides to fish the same monday you do...needs to be ten feet away...wthat the?

Matt Grobert said...

I don't get that stuff........some guys have no concept of manners. Remeber that jerk last year that wanted to hop in my waders???? I go out of my way not to be near anyone.

Anonymous said...

yes I remember......he was a BUGGER, i don't understand, part of the joy of fishing is the solitude...also the comraderie, but only if you know the jerk and invited him fishing!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well...nice fish. Think he survived after you layed him in the sand? Or, did he have just enough protective slim removed that he got an infection later and perished? ...just so you could get your blog pic. Nice chest-thumping. Hold it in your hand huh? Seen you do it before. I know you'll never post this but not sure I care. You know it and I know it. Brian - California