Needless to say, this has been a tough winter. With the temps getting above freezing we took a ride to the country, to check out the trout streams. The water was high and running hard due to the rain and ice melting and I did not have a bite all morning. After lunch, I checked out two more spots before going home and was surprised with four brown trout, the first fish of the new year. Now if we could only get some ling.