Saturday was opening day of inland fishing, and the traditional heavy turnout of anglers took place at all of the major areas where the state stocks trout. That's not for me, I chose a small freestone stream where I am able to fish with only a wild heron as the second angler.
Saturdays weather was windy and chilly, with a dark steely gray sky, more reminiscent with the opening of deer season than fishing season. The wind gusts managed to blow the dry leaves into the stream creating a tough go for a dry fly.
I chose to go with a wet fly, a Pickett Pin, and the little fly worked well, not only in fish attraction but its ability to not bring to many leaves to hand.
The winters storms and heavy ice managed to reroute the stream from last fall, and it had to be explored as if it were a new stream.
The few hours I spent on this stream brought several wonderful wild brook trout to hand, this was a plus to the quiet solitude I enjoyed.
A wild brook trout that managed to survive the harsh winter in good shape.
Not an easy place to work a fly, but it's all part of the small stream experience.
The colors on this little brookie, especially the red tail, can only come from nature. This guy should be awesome come spawning time.