Great to see (and feel) the warmer temperatures the past few days! Lulu and I are over at the Teton Fly Fishing cabin getting it ready for the upcoming season. LOTS of cleaning and random maintenance stuff on the agenda as well as finishing a few painting commissions. Lu gave me the look (and bark) around 10:30 this morning, and while I had other things to do, I couldn't resist the urge to go wet a line. We quickly hopped in the truck and drove to a nearby small stream that's known to hold a few trout.
I rigged up my 8.5' Winston with a small parachute adams and Lulu and I headed to the water. I immediately saw a nice fish holding in the gin clear water. Unfortunately Lulu's excited state sent the fish running for cover. We're still working on our training and despite being a great dog, Lulu's fishing skills leave a little to be desired. At 11 months, there's still no differentiating a trout from a bird; it seems both need retrieving..... Soo we moved upstream to the next hole and I manage to miss a nice strike. Another run up, I hooked a nice cutthroat. Lulu lost her cool and tried with all her might to get to the fish. In the battle with her, I lost it. Oh well, we're training right?
So that's how the next few hours went, a few fish were landed, numerous fish were spooked and one nice brown trout was retrieved and dropped in my net (and swam away)by an overexcited labrador. I can't say that the time on the water was super relaxing due to my 4 legged companion. However it was nice to fish dry flies in a t- shirt and watching lulu leap and bound over the Wyoming countryside brought a smile to my face; even if she did spook dozens of fish!
A nice spunky rainbow put a bend in the rod!
Lulu on point looking for a released trout. I swear she can smell them; that's gotta be why she swims around in all the fishy holes when off leash right? Ah, the training continues...
I love small stream fishing. It reminds me of my early days fly fishing in PA. Although I don't think I'm as good at it as I used to be... Too many days on big open rivers. Definately fun though today. Some holding water I walked by, just observing the fish rather than trying to put a cast under all those willows
A good size brown for this small stream. I saw ( and spooked) some other nice fish, but a lot of the bigger ones were stationed up in root balls.
This time of year the water is LOW making it extra challenging. It's amazing how fish can sense you and spook from so far away. I only had one cast per run and if I messed up the fish would let me know by shooting by.