It's almost New Years for trout in the Big Wood and other area waters. Another split or two in the pec fins, a few dozen new spots on the back and maybe even another inch or so between the tail and the nose. The fishing season has come to a close on many rivers now as wild trout around here are begin to spawn. A few months from now when anglers return to the water again over Memorial Day weekend, the dark timber of the valley's north slopes should be free of snow and greening with grass.
It was a decent winter to be a fly fishermen here in the
valley. Many days over the past months provided conditions even the dry flies found acceptable, and also a few days when the water stayed just warm enough to help fly line flow through the guides and not freeze. Plenty of sturdy rainbows and also a few browns came to hand for a quick pit stop and release. We appreciate these fish, and feel a sense of pride call these trout locals, and call this place home.