When I got to the parking lot the level looked just right for fishing and not many cars! Waders on, I headed for the water. There must have been 3 or 4 fishermen in each car; the lake was crowded. The spot I normally fish had 8 or 9 people in it. Usually I feel crowded if I'm the 4th. Oh well, I head a little further downstream and start casting. Wham! I've got a fish and I mean a really nice one. He runs this way and that but I'm making progress. When I spot him, my heart starts beating faster, this will be the largest rainbow I've caught. Well, it would have been. My line suddenly goes limp and I'm thinking I've tied a defective knot. But when I retrieve my line here is what I have.
The rest of the morning was slow, I caught a few more, all between 12 and 14 inches. Fish were caught on the purple soft hackle and the tan g-bug. All in all, a good morning, slow, but never too long without a fish. So, a few days late, but I got my first fish of the year. The one below was about the 3rd or 4th fish caught.
Finished the morning, early afternoon actually, with a trip to Dana's. Still one of the best burgers around, but I skipped the onion rings this time.