Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 224: Round Valley Reunion

A 16-inch Round Valley brown trout.
When: Thursday, December 22nd, from 3:00pm to 5pm
Where: Round Valley Reservoir
What: Fishing with Brian Martalus
Weather: Partly cloudy, 56 degrees, W wind at 8mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.07in and falling
Moon: Waning, a day or so before new
Water Conditions: Crystal clear, like always

A picture of me holding a trout in Hunterdon County can only mean one thing.

Brian is home.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, the other half of the Martalus fishing duo was once again back on American soil for the holidays. Whenever he is in town, we generally try to find some trout. We were originally supposed to get together on Friday, but the weather didn't look good and B had some last-minute, unexpected plans.

After seeing the weather on Thursday though, I called him up and we met at the Round Valley in the afternoon.

I stopped to get bait from Jody at Lebanon Bait and Tackle, and after getting a couple rods in the water in Rangers Cove, Brian joined me fishing for the first time since the Spring.

It's always nice.

The weather was perfect and the fish even seemed to be cooperating, as I scored a 16-inch brown trout and lost a couple more. The only problem, however, was that this part of the park closed at 4pm. Brian and I were fully prepared to push the envelope, but after talking to a couple of the other guys who were fishing and seeing everyone bolt at 3:59pm, we figured we should do the same.

So off we went.

We still had some daylight left and tried the area by the launch, but without any results.

Still, it was beautiful afternoon and I always enjoy reconnecting with Brian.

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