April days can be as cold and wet and miserable with wind as December days. April rivers can be swollen and thick with flood. But April is still as beautiful as its name, the true spring month that breaks our world out of winter into something nearly summer. it could not be right to keep anglers away from their rivers at such a time, and I think they seldom are kept away, unless by the ice of high altitude or a late year. -Roderick Haig-Brown, A River Never Sleeps
The weather was too good to stay home on Saturday. Actually, a little too good for fishing with the warm temps and bright sun. I headed to a stretch of home water and did some hiking to check out the changes wrought by the winter flood. While swinging a soft hackle through some softer water, I hooked my first fish of the year on this river, a very small cutthroat. I think it’s the earliest I’ve ever had any action there. It was a great day and I noted a few new holes and slots to visit once the snowmelt runoff subsides and the dry fly season begins.