That bit of business out of the way, I was actually able to sneak out for a few hours on New Year's morning and do some fishing. Yeah, that's right, I do fish every now and then...
Let me start by saying what a beautiful day yesterday was. 50 degree temperatures in Pennsylvania in January is a rare treat, and it was fortunately on a weekend to be taken advantage of. With a little bit of a later start than usual, I hit Valley Creek running around 9:00 AM. Upon arrival, most of the snow from last weekend had melted, leaving footing a bit squishy, but flows in good condition. A quick check of the water temperature showed the creek at a brisk 36 degrees.
|Valley Creek Winter Wonderland|
I was planning on finally fishing the new Fountainhead 330 Caddis Series tenkara rod, so it was the weapon of choice this AM. Wanted to get a few good hours of water time, so I could give a better "review," and finish off what I started a few weeks back.
|Fountainhead 330 Caddis Tenkara Rod & Arsenal of Flies|
Well it took about a half an hour, but my first fish of 2011, a wild 8" brown, was landed at about 9:30 AM. It felt nice to start the new year off on the right foot. A size 16 zug bug was its meal.
|Bet he didn't know he'd be an internet celebrity this AM|
I brought a few more fish to hand after that, and particularly liked this spirited little guy. Lot's of wiggle in a 4 or so inch fish.
|Another Valley Beauty|
At around 11:30 AM I decided to pack things up and head over to Stony Creek (about a 15 minute drive) and christen my new Redington Classic Trout 3-weight fly rod (an unexpected Christmas gift from my awesome wife).
|This rod casts like butter.|
Unfortunately, unlike Valley which is spring fed and stays relatively ice-free, the majority of Stony looked like this...
|Anyone got a pair of skates?|
I did find a few ice free runs, but the fishing was non-existent. There were to be no fish for me at Stony on this day, a big difference from New Year's 2010, when I did very well. I will say that Redington rod casts like a dream. It's graphite, but has a slower action and loads like a gem. Was dropping casts 25 feet and in on a dime. There may be better fly rods out there, but at an MSRP of $150, I'd sure like to see them.
So that was my New Year's Day. I'm at home now typing up this post and watching some bowl games. I was out fishing while Florida beat Penn State in the Outback Bowl so I missed that one. But I did see TCU squeak by Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, and it looks like Oklahoma just posted a 7 spot on UConn in the Fiesta.
|Joe Pa should have punched a little harder.|
On the water catching fish by day, watching College Football bowl games by night, I even think I'll run out to the beer fridge in the garage and grab a few cold ones. I'll take another 364 days just like this one please. Life is good.