For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tight Quarter Brown
There are many pages in the journal of the small streams in brook trout forest. Pages that tell of special fish and the ways these fish are fooled into taking a fly. This is one such story.
This stream is a tight one now. Its width has been reduced to a typical late summer flow. It remains cool and continues to provide protection for the residents.
A normal day will have me bring several brookies to the surface for dry fly offering and if I'm lucky one or two will come to hand. There are those times when a wild one of a different gene will take the fly and it's these times that make it memorable.
This was one such day. It was a day after a good rain. The woods were wet, and things seem to glisten as the sun made brief appearances. The TFO 2wt was waiting deployment in this tight quarter.
As the fly worked along a deep undercut towards a foam slick the flash of a trout was visible and a second later I felt the pull of a good fish. He tried desperately to reach the roots in the undercut but was turned back by the TFO.
As I lay my hand into the water to gently lift this wild brown he seemed to just lie there, knowing that soon he would be again free.