Had to run a few errands yesterday morning like get a box of custom tied meaty pike flies mailed out to my buddy in South Dakota. Finally got all the loose ends tied up and whip finished so i busted to the river to test out a bunch of streamer patterns i've been working on all winter. The 30 MPH winds kept most of the fishing access sites pretty void of anglers and full of fresh air. As long as i'm not rowing i really dont care what the wind does anymore. I grabbed my 8wt. and a box of flies and headed out to walk wade with my favorite fishing buddy Trutta the black lab.
Definately did not catch as many fish on the streamer as if i'd put on a nymph, in fact i only landed one but the excitement of a few chases and bumps was enough to satisfy. It's funny how you tie big articulated stuff in search on monster trout and then a 13" brown annihilates your fly. What was also interesting is that the fish was hooked on the lead hook which makes sense if you consider browns tend to eat sculpins head first. At least the browns that i've caught who will regugitate a real sculpin in the net always seems to have it's tail hangin out over the trout's lips. If it's a reactionary strike your looking for they will just pounce on it during a fast retrieve but if they are kinda sluggish sometimes that back hook is nice insurance to have.
Also found some skwalla adults and midges with fish actually rising in the slick calm undercut bank water. I did not try throwing any dries with the big rod but maybe next time ill pack a 4wt. with me just in case.