Yesterday, December 23rd, I drove to the river at 1pm after Jackie, me and the doggies went for a long xc ski up Quaking Aspen Creek. At 1pm the temperature warmed to 32 degrees with a bright-sunny blue sky and calm conditions. At the river I noted a set of racoon tracks in last night's fresh snow, you will see these tracks in one of the photos below. The tracks headed upstream towards Tee Pee Point where I was planning on slugging through the knee-deep snow to fish. I'd come across this animal last November as it dined on a whitefish that had washed up dead on the shoreline. The little creature growled at me then and I backed off remembering a hound I'd lost to a coon as a kid growing up in Michigan. Back then, some 45 years or more ago, we were hunting along a creek bottom at night. Our dogs had a big boar coon at bay took and the critter took out a small Walker hound I was training to hunt. All this flashed in my mind as I knotted on a fresh tippet and GM Nymph with a #16 Rick's Red Dip trailer fly. I just finished tying on the flies when behind me came a roar....All I could think of was a bear as I spun around and saw a small bull moose running off. Waiting for my heart to come down from my throat I had time to re-group and watch the water for risers!
I waded to my spot and saw the coon tracks continued upstream and around the next bend out of sight, I didn't need anymore surprises. I took a small rainbow then a couple browns which you can see in the pictures below. I ended with a nice rainbow. This mixed bag of trout took both flies today. I saw no risers and very few midges. I expect the midge activity to pick up in the next 2-3 weeks and continue through January and Febrauary. On my short drive home, as the sun dipped below the bench of land above our house, I noted an unusual thin cloud pattern to the west which you can also see in below photo. This time of year, around Winter Solstice, we never know what surprises we may come upon when fishing! Check out this blog tomorrow, if it warms about 30 degrees I will try for a Christmas trout and file a report!
Merry Christmas Everyone, from all of us at Blue Ribbon Flies!!!