For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Muddler Minnows and Brook Trout
The Muddler Minnow, a streamer fly created by Don Gapen back in the thirties and pretty much a staple in most anglers fly boxes. This fly is used by myself a few times a year, those times when I fish larger waters where bigger trout will take the fly. On the small streams this streamer always seemed to be out of place.
Last fall I was informed by another angler, "Kirk" that a Muddler was very effective in a small stream. The wild brookies went crazy for it. Well it was a few days ago when I visited a special stream and I had in my mind to fish a Muddler. I have several and in sizes 6 to 12. I don't tie them, because I never got the hang of working with deer hair. I tied on a size 12 and I realized one of the better days of angling for wild trout. The brookies for some reason found the fly to much to resist. They hit it in every way it was presented.
The saying that you learn something new every day. That applies here on the small streams of Connecticut.
This particular day was a crisp one for this time of year. Overnight temps were in the low forties. The stream was clear and water temps at an even fifty.
Who knows what lurks in these plunge pools and behind those boulders....The Muddler does.
A brook trout and the Muddler that fooled him. These fish were absolutely beautiful. They seemed to have retained their color and spotting. Maybe it's the cold clean water they live in.
True beauty in a tiny form. You don't have to catch a fish to enjoy your outing. Just look around.
There's not much I can say about this photo.
The laurel and moss covered stones of this stream will protect fontinalis naturally. We have to do our part also.