Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Angling, And North Country Spiders

Winter angling is at best a "maybe" and most times it's a "not going to happen".....the the "maybe" I'll take every time if given the choice but if the latter is dished out well I'll make the best of it. Such was the case of my last few outings. They were day's of extreme over night cold temps, like the teens. A day when the thaw had taken place and chunks of ice were floating downstream. The days when just reaching the stream was hazardous. But I'm not making excuses just telling how it was.

But even on those slow days I was able to capture several beautiful scenes that make small stream angling special at any time of year.

I love natural waterfalls....don't you?

This beautiful plunge spilling into the river. And just a few feet from that plunge was....

This remarkable scene. There were daffodils, or iris sprouting up.

I tied up a few size 18 spiders. I think they will be acceptable when those early stone flies are about. This one uses purple thread, peacock thorax, and starling hackle.

This one has an olive thread body, hares mask thorax, and bleached starling hackle.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Connecticut's Wild Brown Trout

There are many color variations in wild trout here in Connecticut. The small streams will produce brook trout that are striking in color. Some are light and some are dark, dark to point of being black. The reason for this is the type of water they live in which causes their skin to adapt to the conditions.

On the other hand the wild brown trout that inhabit our streams also have pronounced differences in color as well as spotting. These wild fish are from stocks that were brought over here from Germany in the 1800's and have noticeable differences. In a wild trout stream I fished last week I caught 3 browns within 100 yards of each other and they were all different.

This brown has a steel-gray color and dark and red spots. The dark spots are quite large, and the red spots have pronounced blue halos.

In this section of stream which is not far from where I caught the brown above I caught this one.

You can see the difference here. While the body is gray it is not as dark. The belly has a soft gold tone. There are many more black spots. And the halos are not as rich as the other brown.

Both of these trout were in great shape. I did not get a photo of the third one for he managed to say goodbye before the camera was on him.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Some Information And Some Good Stuff

Sandy River Maine
There's some pretty exciting stuff going on around SSR's, both now and in the "very near future". I'll talk about the future first. This blog was started some years ago so that I would be able to share what I love, "small streams, wild trout and life in their simplest form" and I've tried to stay with that concept. Over the years it has done well and it seems by the response I've had many of you have the same feelings. You know I appreciate every comment and thought you put forth and will continue to that in the future.

Small Stream Reflections is about to reach a milestone in the next month that is incredible..I for one would never think it possible when I started. When that is achieved there will be a big thank you...more later.

"The Salter" the official newsletter of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition. I received my copy the other day and was thrilled at the quality of this publication. What a group of individuals, there is a lot of work that went into this and a lot of love in what they do both in the publication and conservation of the "salter" brook trout. I know many of you are members of the SRBTC and there are some that have not joined. I think you know where I stand on this important and very worthy group. I urge you to sign up and join me in support of this unique group. The link is posted below.

Thank you...Geoffrey Day, Justin Flemming, and all who are involved with the publication "Salter" and the SRBTC.

One of this blogs readers and frequent commenters "Parachute Adams" who's name is Sam sent me a photo of his daughters, who's name is Paige, watercolor painting of a trout in pursuit of a fly. Watercolor paintings of fish are the best, in my opinion they bring out a natural look of fish. Her painting is beautiful and it's something she as well as Sam should be very proud of. Thank you.

Virginia this is exciting. I purchased this steak when I was in VA. last fall. Today at some point I'm going to try it. They tell me to watch out for the salt for that can be an issue. It will be served with "red eye gravy" and biscuits. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Fishing...The Nook and Crany Dry Fly

People who have fished with me, and those who have followed this blog know that I have a thing for fishing riffles, and broken water. It can be either deep or shallow, any time of the year. Now most anglers will agree that riffles are productive places to fish and I agree, but how about winter, 35 degree temps, and with a dry fly. I call this type of riffle fishing "nook and cranny". One day last week I fished a small stream in a section I have not been to in some time. The usual starting fly, the "pinkie" brought nothing. Several more flies yielded the same. It was a good thing there was some excitement on the stream bank, a scared a deer who was hiding in some willows busted out and really woke me up. Getting back on story...I tied on a big skater pattern and worked it through a set of riffles. Second or third cast and a fish responded. That little guy came up for it again on another cast.

I changed flies and tied on a smaller dry. I worked the fly over the same set of riffles and the fish hit and this time he was soon at hand.

In the riffles there are various sized rocks, some bigger than others. The brook trout hold in these spots and will respond to a fly drifted down and also when retrieved. Those little places I refer to "nooks and crannies".

On this day I was able to bring two of these wild winter jewels to hand on a dry fly.....sterling day for January.

A good fly...thorax dun...a"great" fly for January a thorax dun.