On this beautiful Saturday, the first one in October I fished a stream that benefited from the recent rains that brought up the streams volume. It also allowed the trout to move freely and seek out food and new areas of the stream that were unavailable do to low waters. The sky was bright and sunny, with comfortable temps, and lots of leaves in the water and around, some colored and some just there from the stress of the trees.
I had tied up some fly patterns that were favorites of fly fishers in the Southern Appalichians for trout. The pattern is known as a "Smoky Mountain Fork Tail", I fished them dry, and allowed them to sink under the water at the end of the drift and retrieved them back as an emerger. The flies worked very well producing reactions on what seemed like every cast.
In the few hours spent along the stream today a few thoughts were going through my mind, we finally recieved the rain we so badly needed and that the brookies seemed to have survived the heat and the drought in very good shape. For their size they are tough little guy's. "Thanks"
A beautiful spawning male, and a "Fork Tail"
A wild brook trout who fell to a "Fork Tail"