When I left the house, the temp was around 45 degree. By the time I met Jon in the parking lot, the temp had fallen and so had some snow. My hands were already freezing. Determined, we headed out down stream. This "river" is really a stream. The stream had been stocked with about 1000 rainbows the week before. It has a terrible aquatic inset life it seems and a ton of silt. That coupled with the warm, low water in the summer, it usually has very few hold over fish. A shame really.
I decided to stick with the Eagle Claw 6'6 Featherlight with 5wt line. I also decided to throw the Fish Skull pattern again. The first run we stopped in, I pulled off some line and started stripping the fly. Almost immediately, I got follows. Within a few casts, I had a hook up and just as quick lost the fish. Damn. Rainbows 1 J&M Flies 0. Over the next two hours, I managed to move a few fish with the chartreuse Road Kill. I lost another small Fish Skull in white to a fish. The 'bows really seemed to love it. They would chase it almost to shore. It was a shame to lose both of them to fish. They loved them so much they decided to keep them as lip rings. Bastards!
Overall, it was a cold day with some follows. I managed to land 1 'bow and two creek chubs. In the end, I lost 7 rainbows. Not my finest outing by a long shot. Jon hooked up a number of times but could not bring anything to hand. I am really diggin the Fish Skulls and can't wait to try them for smallies and panfish in the summer.