Sunday, April 22, 2012

Opening Day, And "Earth Day"




Yesterday was the opening day of the inland fishing season. And although Connecticut has a year round trout fishery in their Trout Management Areas the general season is still the third Saturday in April. 
I met up with Kirk at a small wild trout stream at about 7 AM. The weather was cloudy and a bit muggy, good for fishing. As we arrived stream side the water was awesome, and although it was a bit low the flow was very good and the water temps read 56 degrees. We started fishing and it wasn't to long before we had a wild brookie at hand. These fish were very scrappy and beautifully colored. They were not to fussy as to what was on the menu and an assortment of flies worked. As the sun broke out the air temps shot up as well as shining brightly on the stream. At that time the fish took to cover as well as changing preference to wet submerged flies. As the afternoon came we worked our way back to our vehicles, stopping every so often to remove some nasty debris. It was a great start to the new season.



Kirk stalking some wild brookies. His comment was they appear from no where to hit your fly, and if they miss they vanish.


The most beautiful fish that swims. When the color scheme was created for the brook trout they went all out.


Prime brook trout waters.


We consider it a privilege to hold these wild jewels.


Today is Earth Day, and early this morning Jeanette and I took our morning walk. As we walked through a park close by we were greeted by a family of geese. The goslings ever so small an full of downy feathers were a nice sight. And with some much needed rain in the forecast it should be a great day.
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22 comments:

  1. i never get sick of the sight of these wee beauties, keep 'em coming!

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    1. Col,
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      They are truly eye candy.

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  2. Hey Alan....I can't believe how pristine the water is. No wonder why the fish are there.

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    1. Ed,
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      Yes and I hope it stays that way.

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  3. Glad you had a great time on the water on opening day. The trout look great. My part of the state has very low water in the rivers; however, a few of my friends went and caught a bunch of trout.

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    1. Savage,
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      It's low water here too, but as I look out the window now that's going to change.

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  4. Fun to catch and beautifully colored.

    Mark

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    1. Shoreman,
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      That they truly are.

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  5. Looks like a great start to the year...beautiful water and beautiful fish, pretty hard to beat that.

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    1. Sanders,
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      It was good to see the fish in such good shape......all's well in Brook Trout Forest.

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  6. Wonderfully colored brookies. I stayed away from the crowds of opening day, hit a Farmington spot real close to home and was surprised with a dozen smallies...you just never know!

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    1. Steve,
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      We were by ourselves on that small stream. A dozen smallies, you talk about a great day. Well done.

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  7. What a wonderful "opening day" , fishing a beautiful piece of water with a good friend. As was already said above , I just never tire of looking at those spectacularly painted brookies.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      It was a great day. I have been catching brookies for years, and the next one is more beautiful than the last.

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  8. Glad to see you guys found some place away from the madness of opening day !

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    1. Mark,
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      Real peaceful and rewarding as well.

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  9. Excellent trip and pics. Great way to spend earth day. Those Brookies really are beauties! Tight Lines.

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    1. Trout MaGee,
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      A fine outing, thanks to Mother Earth.

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  10. Beautiful photos. You do the Brookie proud. Appreciated the acknowledgment of Earth Day, and what better way than by showing your sweet corner of this beautiful Earth.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
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      I try to do my best for this wonderful char. And I must pay some tribute to the place I love.

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  11. Brk
    All I can say is poetry in motion---fantastic colors on the brook

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  12. What county in Ct are you in? I recently found a secret small stream with a healthy pop. of brookies... maybe we are fishing the same one! haha

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