Upon arrival I was disappointed to see the water level a couple feet higher than normal, so my plan of wading to said structure was out. Instead, I waded as close as I could get and fished. The water was cold enough to force 10 minute warm-up breaks on shore, and the fish were taking breaks to correspond with my time in the water. After about 5 hours of fishing deep structure, I happened to throw a Clouser Mad Tom (olive in color) near shore by a bush. I saw the line flick, with what I like to all a "tink-tink" (say "tink-tink" while picturing a fork hitting wine glass). Fish on...short fight...fish off - damn, I ended the day with a blank. At least I caught enough wood bass to make some room in my fly box for more fly tying sessions.
I did learn a few things. My jigflies were easier to cast than a standard jig, but still not with the grace you picture a fly rod to produce. I learned that standing in freshly thawed water for any length of time is enough to give me a mild case of hypothermia, my knees were cold to the touch well into the night. I also learned that when the sun is bright, it's hard to see the LCD display on a camera. In such a situation, you might not notice your white balance is set to "incandescent" for every single picture you take that day. This is the second time I've taken a bunch of blue pictures (see below) only to discover the problem at home, I'm starting to think I should scrap the DSLR and go back to pointing and shooting.