Thursday, May 17, 2012

The "Red Pin"


I went out today with the thought of testing a new fly. Well not a new fly but a variation of an old fly. I tied a few Picket Pins using peacock herl dyed red instead of the natural green herl. So packed with some of the red ones and my 7ft 5wt I began walking upstream. I have fished this stream before but I fished it downstream and only once did I try on the up side. Access to the water is tricky in spots, and in others it's like a pond.


The fly worked as I had hoped. It brought many brook trout to hand. They took the fly in fast water and in the real slow stuff. I fished this one particular pool, it was so slow it was like fishing a pond. The fly was allowed to sink to the bottom then retrieved and they hit it hard.


The 7ft 5wt came to good use. That extra foot of rod made casting a little easier.


These are a few of the brookies that enjoyed the Red Pin.






This pool produced a very big fish, unfortunately he won the battle and swam off with my fly.










34 comments:

  1. Well at least you know it interested him. Those little brookies are gorgeous!

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    1. Howard Levett,
      Thanks.
      It sure did.

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  2. Hi Alan....it looks like you found a nice secluded place to fish and relax.

    Any idea why one brookie is darker than the other one?

    Nice pictures.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      It's a beautiful area.
      The brookies in this stream are dark, some almost black. This is from the tannins found in the water.

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    2. Thank you professor..... :)

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  3. Looks like a nice secluded spot. The dark coloration on the second brookie is beautiful. I may have to give the red pin a try.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      The walk back in there is not to bad, only one tricky spot around a rock slide.
      I think you'll like the results of the Red Pin.

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  4. Somehow I just knew the fish were going to approve of that fly....Beautiful water and fish.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      I'm very happy they did.

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  5. That's a nice little stream with some gorgeous brookies in there and atleast one big one. I bet we will be seeing his picture soon !

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      I sure hope so. He really put a bend in that 5wt.

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  6. Awesome morning of fishing, and stream. I'm impressed by the overall size of those fish, for a small stream, it's producing some large trout! Great to see the Red Pin workout!
    Be well,
    Will

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thanks.
      These small streams have been doing well. I think the mild winter had something to do with it.

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  7. Great looking fish!

    Glad to hear your variation worked well.

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    1. G Lech,
      Thanks.
      The brookies went for it big time.

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  8. always fun to have an experiment work out. those are some nice sized brookies for sure!

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    1. Steve,
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      I was surprised to see such large fish from that small stream.

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  9. That would be a great place to just lie down and commune with nature. It has a very calming effect just looking at the pictures.

    Mark

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    1. Shoreman,
      Thanks.
      A flowing stream can sure take all the stress away.

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  10. Wonderful small stream to fish! I can understand that you had a nice time fly fishing there. I hope you get the big one another time to show us in another post.
    Have fun fishing small streams,
    Mats Olsson

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  11. Wonderful stream to fly fish for brook trout! I can understand that you really enjoyed your time there. Hope you get the big one that got away to show us in another post.
    Have fun fishing small wonderful streams,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      Have fun, you bet. Like a kid in a candy store.

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  12. The spring greens are just breathtaking...not to mention the brookie!

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    1. e.m.b.,
      Thanks.
      Spring and Autumn, seasons that can't be beat.

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  13. Oh yeah, the one that got away. You just know he wants another taste of that red pin.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      Sounds like a fish tale.

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  14. You can't imagine how envious of you I am!!! Thankfully it goes without saying that you truly appreciate them, thanks for keeping the batteries charged!

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    1. Bill May,
      Thanks.
      Appreciation for sure.

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  15. I don't know if it's just me but those brookies have strange looking heads. Maybe it's just the fact that they are larger than previous ones I've seen. The head looks wider than normal.

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    1. Kevin Frank,
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      No they are pretty much the norm, just a bit chunkier.

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  16. Brk
    This may be a dumb question, but why would you use a 5 wt on a small stream with wild brook trout. I think I have read some of your post where you was using a 3 or 4 wt. on these streams, I may wrong, just curious. Those streams you fish are unbelievable!!!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      That Orvis 7ft 5wt is my baby. It has accounted for more small stream trout than all of my other rods.
      Your right though I fish 6 footers in the 2 to 4 wt range.

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  17. Alan, those are beautiful pictures! Wow... Everything is sooo green. A perfect spot for winding down and reflecting. My fave rod is a 5wt too...even for smaller streams.

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    1. The River Damsel,
      Thanks.
      It's a perfect tonic for stress. The 5wt is a great middle ground.

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