Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Legend of the "Christmas Crawdad" 2: Return for Revenge

As most "normal" people spent their Christmas day enjoying the fellowship of family and friends, Kelly and I went fly fishing at the Spring River...

and I took the "Christmas Crawdad" back for revenge.

If you've been following this saga, you already know the "Christmas Crawdad" only managed to produce one tiny trout before it was lost to a rather hefty fish due to tippet malfunction (probably more like fisherman malfunction).

Well, yesterday was a different story. Christmas Day was the right time for the "Christmas Crawdad."

First, the "Christmas Crawdad" caught a "minnow."

Largescale Stoneroller (Campostoma oligolepis)

Then something a bit larger than a "minnow."

It turned out to be this Rainbow Trout...

Revenge is sweet.

The "Christmas Crawdad" gets his revenge.

Then from the same run where the big Rainbow was lost last time came this fish:

The "Christmas Crawdad" wins the battle this time.

Then on a more standard version (rust/olive chenille with brown saddle hackle) of the same pattern of crayfish fly came this rather large "minnow":

Golden Redhorse (Moxostoma erythrurum)

Quickly followed by this Rainbow:

Not to be totally left out of the fun, Kelly caught a few fish too. First, came this Rainbow Trout:

Kelly all bundled up for Christmas fishing

Then several more Rainbows throughout the day followed by this fine "minnow":

Hornyhead Chub (Nocomis biguttatus)

It was a great day to be on the Spring River. We saw only four other brave souls who ventured out into the cold to catch a Christmas trout. Maybe they were just brave for sneaking away from a family gathering. It wasn't terribly cold, but the temperature hovered around the freezing mark all day... and with the wind it felt much colder. There were a few snow flurries about, but we certainly didn't have a white Christmas.

Call me a Scrooge, but I would trade a good day of fishing with Kelly for a white Christmas every year.


  1. looks like you had an awesome day, Way awesome!

  2. Well Merry Christmas and Happy Who-ha. Fantastic day. Those are some nice chunky bows. Good going Jay and Kelly!!

  3. Thanks for reading guys. We had a great day and can't wait to get back out.

  4. Great Christmas Rainbows. I'd say Kelly and yourself had a fine Christmas indeed! -stephanie

  5. Revenge IS sweet...and, sweet trip, photos, and fly!

  6. Erin, thought you might enjoy it.