The following is shared by our friend and superb photographer Mark Lance of River Light Images.
“Though the Winter Equinox is days away, winter has arrived on the Bighorn. A healthy snowfall blanketed the valley last week. This year we made a tactical modification to my annual December streamerfest, by committing the week to spey, micro-spey and switch gear. Using a variety of long rods from several manufactures turned out to be a great learning experience and a lot of fun. Heathy browns and rainbows participated willingly, slamming streamers of many descriptions. Olive and vanilla racked up the most action. Man, you can cover some water with these rods and a properly balanced line. Swinging streamers was too much fun to even notice that Psuedos are apparently done for the season.
One morning we put on the water at 8 degrees above ZERO, and though it warmed a tiny bit through the day, the temperature plummeted to 11 degrees by the time we got off the water. Needless to say the anchor system pulleys on my drift boat were rendered useless. And, frequently frozen guides added to the challenge. No worries, willing trout transcend all cold weather difficulties.”
This post was written by Bighornangler