Back home again, and back to your home away from home waters.
The high valley is beautiful in the smoky haze from a prescribed burn.
Brookie Lake is beautiful.
The brookies? Beautiful.
A quick drive south past the burn.
And the first view of Trout Lake since October.
Good to be home.
You kick out into the wind-swept channel.
First cast brings the first fish. A little rainbow comes to the muddler.
The low water of spring reveals the shoreline structure that will hold good fish later in the season.
More rainbows come to the muddler. They're also small.
Some big fish will come out of this rugged stretch of shoreline in high water. Where are they now? Was there a catastrophic winter kill?
Kicking back into the channel a fish takes the trailing muddler. It rolls and you see a bright red, good-sized flank. It comes undone, but you're happy. They're in there.
One more little guy.
That's a good start.
The first day of many.