Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Brook Trout? Bluegills, Boulders, and Blueberries

The last few day here have been pretty nasty, weather wise. A few showers and just awful humid air. With so many warm nights it's best to leave the little waters be til a cooler time.

The pond in the photo is a place I've fished before. it's located in northern Connecticut. The state puts in a small stocking of trout once a year, and it has a variety of small bass, pickerel, and pan fish. Many years ago while pursuing 'patridge" along the back of the pond I noticed a small brook leading in. And low and behold a few brookies. Well that's for another post.

This is about bluegills. Several of you have posted your seeking them, and so do I. A 7ft 3wt is the tool and while most use other types of flies I use a streamer. A colorful one, for who knows there may be a brookie close.
A powerful quarry on the right gear.


This boulder was probably placed right here by a glacier 10,000 years ago. It has seen storms galore and kept its balance. When I saw it I was glad no one sneezed.


What's better...blueberry pancakes, and pure maple syrup.

29 comments:

  1. quite the amazing placement of a boulder, god those pancakes look good, not over done and not to thick!

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    1. Blake,
      Thanks.
      The same likes in pancakes. And thin is king.

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    1. Voyageur Pursuits,
      Thanks.
      You can find some beauties out there.

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  3. Alan
    The bluegill is my favorite behind the trout. Have you fished this pond during the spawn for the male bluegills? I can relate to the boulder, because Smith Lake, my home lake has some huge formations, but I haven't seen any as dangerous as the one in your image, really amazing. The 3 wt as you stated is the perfect setup for the bluegill, one can get the ultimate fight. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      I have fished it in the fall for spawning brookies, but not bluegills.
      It's amazing how far south those glaciers went.

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  4. I have to leave work and get some blueberry pancakes..................

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      A delicious break.

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    2. I did a Yelp search and found a place and the blueberry pancakes (with sausage) were good. Glad I read the post.

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  5. Bluegills are some fun fishing on the fly rod and that boulder is pretty neat, don't think I've ever seen one quite like that! As for the pancakes, throw in a sausage patty or two and it's my hands down favorite breakfast!

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      They do give you your moneys worth. And yes sausage is the perfect companion for pancakes.

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  6. I'll take the Blueberry Pancake Al!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      I figured you would.
      It's raining Pete.

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  7. Mmmm new England blue berries. Those bluegills are fast becoming one of my favorite when fished with a 2-3w. Nice outing

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    1. Joel DeJong,
      Thanks.
      Wild ones are best and the wild berries from Maine can't be beat.
      Light tackle bluegills are hard to beat.

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  8. The weather sure has been not to my liking, that is for sure. It is always fun to revisit fish from the past, and bar none blue gills fight great. They also hold a lot of natural beauty to them. Wish i had some fresh blueberries for some pancakes! The picture of the glacier stone is a great picture.

    All the best
    Johnny Utah
    www.utahsflycorner.com

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    1. Johnny Utah,
      Thanks.
      Bluegill fishing brings you back to a younger and less stressful time in our lives.
      That stone was something else.

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  9. Alan,

    There are several small ponds here in RI where I've found wild brookies co-habiting with bluegills, pickeral, and bullheads. Try "your" pond in the spring when any brookies will be roaming rather than sitting over a (yet to be located) spring in summer survival mode.

    Tangofish

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thanks.
      I fished the pond from a canoe years ago and although I never located those spring holes, I knew they were there.
      I'm going to fish it in late October or November and see whats up.

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  10. When trout and bass are not available....bluegills are not a bad substitute. Nice post. the balancing boulder is called an erratic and is the result of the last glacier that passed through the area 10,000 years ago. There are some very unusual and cool ones where I grew up in the Hudson Valley.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      Yes they are. Those glaciers are responsible for a great deal of beauty here in the northeast.

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  11. Pretty country and gills... sounds like a great way to spend the day. If you wouldn't mind sending some of those blue berries out this way we could sure use them. Drought has all but wiped out the crop here and the bears are moving into downtown Boulder to find something else to fatten up on.

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    1. Midgeman,
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      A fine day for sure. I have seen first hand how angry a bear can get when you mess with his berries.

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  12. Finding some gills to spend the day with is always a welcomed change of pace.

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    1. Sanders,
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      A wonderful sporting fish for warm waters.

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  13. Very nice!! If you own a flyrod and havn't at least tried to fool a few gills in the local lake or farmpond down the road then you're really missing out. Fun times for sure.
    I'm glad that I didn't see this until after breakfast , my bowl of cheerios just wouldn't have held a candle to those blueberry pancakes!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      Bluegills and a fly rod, pleasure for sure.
      I'll be eating oatmeal the rest of the week.

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  14. I saw the first two sentences (The last few day here have been pretty nasty, weather wise. A few showers and just awful humid air) and I thought, my God, Alan is in Northern California, then I read on. Blueberry Pancakes. I've got to go upstairs and get something to eat.

    Mark

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  15. Mark Kautz,
    Thanks.
    You guys are suffering from that nasty stuff too.
    Pancakes have a way of making one hungry.

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