The day was windy with a slight chill in the air. I really wanted to check out the hendrickson hatch on the Mad, but there was too much to be done here at home. I thought I would just enjoy a restful start to my ten day break. After watching the weather at noon, it occurred to me that the next few days of weather would probably be the nicest of the break, and if I hoped for any dry fly fishing, I would have to take advantage of the next couple of days. Since it was late, I decided to see what was happening closer to home, and I made the journey to Clear Creek.
I love the back road drive to the park. It makes the fishing there feel far more remote than it actually is. I found the traffic at the park to be sparse, and I decided to try a section that I have never fished. Before I could get away from the car, I heard the familiar splash of a trout slapping the surface. I quickly found a seat and began watching two trout chasing caddis flies in the slack water of a small run. I could have sat there and watched those fish work for hours. They were not large, but they were trout and they were very entertaining.
After several minutes of this, I finally devised a plan and tied on a size 16 parachute adams. I mapped out my route and marked a tree to know where the fish should be when I finally arrived at my casting spot. I was soon flinging my fly to the trout closest to me and on the third cast he was hooked. Two casts later and I was holding the second fish. At that moment, I was as satisfied as I needed to be on any trout trip. It was time for a walk.
I was soon climbing up the bank for a short walk and some fresh water that I had not seen. There were plenty of caddis and a few more rising fish. The scenery was spectacular for this part of the country and the temperatures made for a wonderful evening of fishing. I landed a few more fish and enjoyed the deafening quiet of the early spring woods. It was a good day and one that made me glad for the fishing here in the FLATLAND.