Well its been one thing after another to keep me off the water.  This week the rivers came down from the snowmelt and just when I thought I might actually get to guide this weekend, the dreaded Polar Vortex showed up.  With high winds and low temps I didn’t want to make anyone miserable.  The problem with cold temps, especially fly fishing, is keeping your fingers warm.  Stripping fly line thats been in 40 degrees or less water temps with bone chilling winds is not comfortable.  With both trips rescheduled, I wanted to get out before the temps dropped.  I headed up to the Jackson river with a couple of friends with hopes of hooking into some nice browns with streamers.  River flows were at 400 cfs, the minimum flow that I will usually concentrate my efforts on when streamer fishing.  Fishing was slow but every now and then a brown trout would shoot off the bank for a chase and sometimes a taste.  Streamer fishing is one of those things that you don’t always know how good its going to be until you try.  Its not easy predicting a good day for streamers either and it depends on what you consider a good day.  For example, yesterday we landed five browns from 16-20 inches, had a few others on and about 6 chases from really nice fish.  I was happy with our outcome for a day of fishing just streamers.  It was 19 degrees when we started and it never got above freezing.  Oh yeah, we fought the ice all day in the rod guides and my fingers hurt from the cold, but I found what I was looking for – a tug on the end of the line.DSC_3249 DSC_3245