For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, June 4, 2012
I Should Fish This Stream More Often
I did a post on this river last November. It's one of the more picturesque streams in Connecticut. The photo above was taken in January of this year, the last time I fished the stream prior to yesterday. I spoke of this streams restoration effort for Atlantic salmon, and the potential to possibly catch one of these precious fish. But in reality the river is more likely to give up a few trout and the salmon parr or smolt.
I met up with Kirk in the morning to fish this stream for a few hours. The stream was up a bit from the heavy rains of the day before, and a bit off color.
I could spend hours on this stream just casting a fly. I don't care if I didn't even get a bump. Just being there is pleasure enough.
Bridges, and the waters above and below are like magnets to me. I have to fish these places. I was on top fishing off the bridge with a streamer, an Edson Tiger. On one of the casts as the fly drifted under the bridge I saw the line stop and go tight. As I took hold of the line I felt the fishes weight as it started to move across and down stream. As I put tension on the fish I felt that slack loose feeling....gone. I retrieved my line and the fly was gone.
I continued fishing, picking up a few salmon parr, and these, wild browns. At this time I was fishing a Picket Pin wet fly.
While fishing a smooth spot near the bank the fly was left hanging in the current for a few seconds. As I began to retrieve the wet fly I felt the fish take. After considerable persuasion I brought this beautiful brook trout to hand.
I have to make a point of fishing this river more often.