My cousin Emmanuel's first time fly fishing.
I warned him ahead of time that learning to fly fish in the winter isn't ideal.
I say : "It's cold. The fish are less active. There are fewer places to find fish. "
E's response: "I don't mind the cold"
I knew we were on the right track when after slogging the river for about an hour I suggested we go after 5 more casts.
But after 5 casts E wanted to cast a few more times because we saw a few rises on the far side.
E was getting pretty good at casting the nymph rig by this time.
Our rainbow warrior and midge weren't producing so I tied on a Utah Killer Bug.
While I was answering a phone call E hooked into this guy!
A 14 inch brown! Pretty good for that spot which holds mostly smaller fish.
We celebrated with high fives and micro-brews. We sampled several of Squatters' finest.
Whew! These are not the ideal conditions to teach someone to fly fish.