The seventh of January and the thermometer shows +8 degrees Celsius. It has been an incredibly warm winter so far here in the southern parts of Norway where I live. The ice sealed the lakes in early November, but with the mild temperatures from mid-November and rain from the south, the ice has begun to melt again. It's been three months since the last fishing trip and since the weather forecast says that the wind will turn from south to north this weekend, it was time for the first fishing trip this year- before the cold returns.
So I packed the car with the Dickerson mod 7613 a 7' 6" 5wt taper that I like to use when I'm fishing for sea trout. An while the coffee water are cooking and waders are on I realise that my fly box are missing and probably laying on the kitchen table. Luckily I found this old and forgotten streamer in the back of the car trunk , almost falling apart and the body tinsel that should be gold where brown and rusty. But what the he....just nice to be out fishing again and feel the air from the sea.
It turned out that the fish did not care anything about that the streamer was about to fall apart. Got two smaller sea trout but lost five fish ... some larger, likely because of the rusty hook. Nice with the first fish this year anyway.