After such a cold snowy winter, just getting the chance to go out and fish has been amazing. Fishing season opened with high water and colder temps, but things have definitely improved over the past few weeks. With the high water in April, I decided to fish very small water, with little native brook trout. I usually swing small soft hackles on a light rod, as I find this to be a very relaxing way to fish. The colder temps (both air and water) didn’t provide for any fast action, but with a steady catch of beautiful little native fish it was a lot of fun. More recently, the state stocking trucks came through the area, and dumped thousands of trout. For anybody chasing those fish, get out there, its prime time. I also got the chance to hunt Rainbows and Salmon running into tributaries of one our bigger lakes, chasing smelt and eating sucker eggs. This provided some really fun fishing, and I even landed a 20 inch salmon on my 3wt Scott A4 which was a blast. A great midge hatch came off around lunch and I got a bunch of action on a size 22 RS2. We’ve had some reports come into the shop that Hendrickson’s have been coming off for about a week. Last weekend I decided to throw some poppers for largemouth in a couple of small ponds. The fish were set up in the shallow water and aggressively attacked my popper. I have loved popper fishing for bass ever since I was a kid, its just so much fun. I also saw some surface activity in the ocean two days ago, couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but the stripers could be here any day now. No news on the shad run yet but they should be here very soon.