Sunday morning a friend (Big Mike) and I ventured out to Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. Being the first time to explore this water for the both of us, our goals were to get acquainted with the river and what it has to offer along with drifting some flies for the first time in 2011.
We reached our first stretch of river at about 8:00 am and were both quickly ready to drift some flies minutes later. It was a gorgeous morning to be out even with the heavy lake effect snow coming down. The air temperature was about 17 degrees with a nice wind chill of about 10 degrees which seemed to have zero effect on this spring creek. I'd estimate the water temperature to be around 50 degrees.
We worked the main access points on the main branch of the river, not really spending too much time at one particular spot since Mike had to get home for work. We were both happy to be out for the first time in the new year doing the one thing we love, fly fishing.
I doubt I need to say that no fish were caught or hooked up. We now have a better understanding of the river structure and where to start fishing the next time we head out there. With the river only being a little over an hour away from me, I'll definitely be back to work this river. In the meantime, I'll continue to strengthen my techniques tying flies and reading the few books Santa got me for Christmas.
Can't wait to smell the fresh air again soon, until next time...