Hey all, I haven't been out at all since January. Life has been a bit crazy as of late between the fact that I have a new baby at home and I hadn't taken a single day off work in about 3 weeks. On top of that, its been monsoon month here, with flash flooding and way too much rain. Anyway, enough complaining. I'm actually posting because I'm quite grateful! I saw an opportunity for a respite this afternoon, and decided to sneak away to the creek for a couple hours. Several of you know that I have been (slowly) teaching myself to fly fish. I have had quite a bit of success with warmwater species on the fly, but trout have been a bit more elusive for me. Last year, I spent a considerable amount of time fishing for trout with light spinning gear. Now that I understand their patterns, I'm trying to incorporate more fly fishing. I often bring a spinning rod along as well, admittedly as a crutch for when I get frustrated. So, today, I headed down to the creek with a couple of rods. The creek was considerably higher than usual, given the aforementioned monsoons. This may have been to my advantage, because it meant the creek was not as clear as usual and I could get closer to the fish without being spotted. I passed another fly angler, who offered a bit of advice when he saw that I had a fly rod in tow. He said he had caught several on a mop fly, so I tied one on. I was casting near the far bank (where there are a bunch of little micro eddies) and tightlining as the fly drifted with the current. I continued this tactic, moving upstream. Before long, I saw the end of my fly line jerk against the current and I set the hook. I landed a nice 13'' rainbow, my first fish of the year. I like eating trout occasionally, but I released this one. A few minutes later, I got another hit. I fought the fish for a while, but it spit the hook just before I landed it. I took a quick break, and snapped a photo of the minimal woods kit I was carrying with my fishing gear: my Cold Steel Mini Pendleton with custom kydex (my favorite fishing knife, but also could do some bushcraft in a pinch), a fire kit, my lightweight FAK, and a flashlight. I moved upstream a little further and got a third hit. I was careful this time, and landed a second smaller trout. I kept up the same tactic, and hooked another fish which I lost. Shortly thereafter, I brought in this unusual catch. I ended the day 50:50, but really happy to get out if only for a couple hours. Also, I never touched my "crutch" and didn't break off any flies in overhanging trees. That's a win in my book. Thanks for looking!