Sunday, April 17, 2011

Opening Weekend - Black Earth Creek

Brutal conditions, but a blast nonetheless. Air temps in the 30s. Below freezing wind chill. Ice constantly in the guides. Stood in Black Earth Creek for an hour and a half in cold water. Wouldn't have it any other way. Drifted a #10 gold beadhead hare's ear beneath an orange palsa indicator. As it drifted through an undercut, a 20" brown leaped completely out of the water and dived down, taking my indicator in its mouth. I was so flabbergasted that I missed any chance at the fish. I spent the next half hour drifting the biggest gaudiest dry flies through his neighborhood, with no success, but a great fish story.