Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Late June, And A Small Stream






Yesterday was a autumn like day. The air was crisp with a slight breeze and sunshine. We had received some showers the day before and some areas ample amounts were recorded. This was my time to pay a visit to a stream, a wild brookie stream. The last time I was here the water was low, and I decided not to fish. But today it looked OK. I was armed with my 6ft 2wt and a few dry flies. As I approached the stream I could see the dense green canopy. It almost blocked the sun from reaching the ground. There's a special feeling one gets as he walks such places. It's hard to put it into words the sounds and sights of water and forest.


One of the things I do when fishing these streams in summer is to check the water temps. I do this upon reaching the first run, and continue to do it at various intervals along the stream. The stream temp was a constant 60 degrees.


Well it didn't take long to get a response to my offering. As I drifted the fly along a brushy bank a wild brook trout intercepted it and soon was at hand.


I love this type of fishing. A light pack containing water, a Cliff Bar, camera, a fly box and a few accessories is all that's needed. Also wet wading can be refreshing. LL Bean wading shoes.


As continued to fish I was given the chance to bring a few brookies close. The Ausable Wulff did what was needed to bring the fish to the top. As I approached this very likely pool, I said to myself there's got to be a trout in there. Letting the Wulff go I watched as it drifted to the sweet spot, and suddenly a crash took place on the surface and the fly gone. I could feel the trout and the battle that was about to begin, a battle only a wild brook trout give you in such places.


A few moments later and this wonderful work of natural art was at hand.


I love days like this.


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28 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beauty! Nice one Alan!

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    1. Col,
      Thanks. He sure was photogenic.

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  2. Beautiful colors on those fish.

    Wearing shorts in the woods..............I hope you had bug spray with you.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      No spray, only on the hat.

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  3. Looks like you had a great day. It's nice to see the stream was in good shape. Now I won't be able to concentrate at work.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      The stream was a lot better since the last time.

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  4. Yesterday did have a "fall-like" feel to it....wish I could have been out on the water. The last brookie looks like it's getting into it's fall colors. Nice post.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      Really refreshing. He did have great colors for so early.

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  5. There is something to be said for a walk in the woods...those last 2 images are particularly sharp! Glad you enjoyed the day...

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    1. Steve,
      Thanks.
      A great day for sure.

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  6. Water temps in Long Island Sound are already in the upper 60's to low 70's. A nice shaded stream with cold water sounds like a nice place to spend a summer day. At what point do the brookies get stressed out due to high water temps? Nice pics thank you.

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      I saw the sound temps and thought it was pretty warm for so early.
      I don't know exactly what the stress temp would be. I usually won't fish a stream if the water temp is above 66.

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  7. Since I'm spending more time with dry flies, I love those takes. Just wish I had Brookie streams out here like that. I know we have some, I have to find them.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      It's wonderful to see a trout take a dry fly. It's the visual that's so exciting.

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  8. And I love reading about days like this. Looks absolutely pristine!

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    1. e.m.b.,
      Thanks.
      We probably get many more days like it, but I enjoy them like it was the only one.

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  9. Gorgeous fish!!! Nice shot of your feet!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      It was nice and cool, both the water and the photo.

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  10. Brk
    Absolute beautiful brookies and the last image was perfect for framing. I am glad you mentioned the wet wading because I am going to try it next week when I fish our tailrace. The water below the dam is close to 62 degrees. Thanks for a sharing a great post!!

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  11. Bill Trussell,
    Thanks.
    Wet wading can be so refreshing. I hope you do well on that tail water.

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  12. My kind of fishing Alan. I do have waders, but I can't remember the last time they saw use. Nothing like small natives in a small stream with the cool waters washing over you.

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    1. Howard Levett,
      Thanks.
      It all feels good.

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  13. Beautiful images-love the Brook Trout! This blog takes me to my days of fly fishing and remembrance of the peaceful times along small streams.

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    1. JimB,
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      Sometimes the brookies can be so photogenic. I'm glad I was able to take you back.

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  14. Looks like a perfect day. Beautiful brookies!

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    1. Casey,
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      It sure was. We love our brookies.

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  15. The colors and the water effect in the last photo are awesome my man..Brk Trt, you are my hero!!!

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      I'm happy they turned out so well.

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