Monday, February 20, 2017

February In Brook Trout Forest, And The Upside Down Parachute Adams

Good morning folks. just one week ago we had a very big snow event upwards of a foot of the white stuff blanketed my back yard. Now this morning as I gaze out the window there is almost bare ground. That's New England.

This snow melt is not everywhere. Just a mere twenty miles from my home it was a winter wonderland. Kirk and I met to fish a lovely little stream. The sun was shinning so beautiful and the promise of warm temps was sure to bring some brook trout to the surface. Dry flies were used at first but they did not do as intended....until.

..we reached a famous pool on this stream. Mossy Pool as it is known has been a consistent brookie producer for as many years as I have fished it. Trout take flies from all over the pool, from head to to tail and anywhere in the middle. The only drawback to fishing it is the weird currents, you just never know how your fly will drift. Kirk was on the pools first, he fished several flies but was unsuccessful in bringing one to hand. He did notice a trout rising at the end of the pool. He stepped back and let me have a go at it. I had a parachute Adams on and sent the fly on a drift. Six times I tried to get that fly to the rising fish and failed. Finally I just gave the fly a quick flick in an attempt to get it further down the pool, and I did. The only drawback was the fly landed upside down. At that point I said "what the hell" it's down at the end of the pool let's see what happens.

Yes sir my friends the little brookie took that upside down parachute Adams and graced me with a most beautiful sight.

We continued to move upstream and we each were rewarded with some beautiful brook trout. The weather just got better and that gave me a super attitude.

This fly is a product of an article I read in book. I tied up a few variations of it and brought them to the stream...I'll tell you of the article in a later post..but they work.

This little riffle-run is one of my favorites.

And this is the reason why. Folks this is February 19th, but looking at this guy you would think it was October 19th. Notice the's a variant of the fly I just mentioned. What a great day this was in "Brook Trout Forest"

Saturday, February 18, 2017


"Italia" a beautiful feather wing streamer fly I created to highlight that wonderful country of Italy. Most of the colors in this fly, especially the wing are those of the Italian flag.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mid-February Brookies

Getting back on track here I figure I would give a report on a few of my outings over the last weeks or so. I'm starting with my last outing first for it's the easiest to recall. Yesterday was a nice day for mid February, temps in the 40 or so range. The sun broke out and it felt very nice. The big thing about winter angling is the wind, when it's calm it feels 10 degrees warmer. Walking in through about 8 inches of snow, and by the way my tracks were the only ones there and that makes me happy.

Arriving stream side I quickly saw a buffet of insects about. There were the ever present midges, stone flies, both crawling and in flight, and I noticed what appeared to be caddis about.

So the first fly sent into action was a elk hair caddis. I worked the fly through riffles and a slow deep pool. It was soon made clear the fish were not ready to surface feed, so I tied on a soft-hackle and bingo. Several hits but it took some time before I had my first of the day.

A lovely little wild jewel.

Warmer temps can also cause problems. As snow melts along the side of the stream it drops and floats, this can cause water temps to cool and they will cloud up.

This male took a soft-hackle too. He also took a jump or two before sending up the white flag.

As time went by I noticed several faint rises. These were not the splashy ones but more like a sip.

I tied on a mini-hornberg and in the next half hour brought several brookies to hand.

The last fish of the day also took a dry fly. Well that gives me February in the books on a dry fly.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Tails, this is not going to be a post about the various type of tails used in fly tying, or some of those tall tails we anglers are prone to tell of, "tall tales", sorry. This is post about some of the most wonderful aspects of our passion. We often take photos of our catch, and most of them highlight the the whole, or much of the whole fish as possible. While this presents a very pleasing picture I think much of the beauty is missing.

The other end of the fish is as beautiful as any part of the fish...the tail can be so striking and so telling of a fishes life.

These are a few photos where the tails are the focus. I will not tell you the species but will let you make that call.

Next time out try taking a good look at your catches tail, better yet take a photo.