Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Mossy Pool"

I am not very good at identifying wild flowers, but do enjoy them so very much. It seems as though I see a different type every time I visit a stream. I guess it doesn't matter what they are just that they are there.


"Mossy Pool" is located on a wild brook trout stream I frequent. Having fished it many times over the years and in every season of the year I have learned much. It's a deep pool with a nice steady flow and undercut banks. The banks on both sides are lined with a beautiful green moss. A carpet of felt. The head of the pool has a faster flow with two good sized rocks on either side. It then flows into a slower pace to its end. Wild brook trout can be taken at various points throughout the pool. At times it's almost easy to bring one in and at other times it's an impossible task.

On this day brook trout could be seen rising. I believe they were taking ants or a caddis emerger for there were a few caddis in the air. I had no ant patterns so on went a EH caddis. The fly went through the pool several times and brought one small response. The brookies kept rising so my assessment of what they were feeding on was right...ants. Looking in my fly box I saw a hopper. It was tied on and pressed into service. As the hopper cleared the large rocks at the head of the pool a brookie rose and took the hopper. He was the first of several to come from "Mossy Pool" this day.

There is someone watching the goings on at the head of "Mossy Pool"

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28 comments:

  1. Beautiful pool and picture of the brookie. The pool hasn't been very nice to me in months.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      That will probably change with the autumn weather.

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  2. That is one very cool picture of the brookie...thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      That's the only photo of him I was able to take, a head shake and he was under the bank.

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  3. Nice! - it's been awhile since I've fished a small stream. Hopefully fall with bring some rain into the area.

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      I know the small streams in NW CT. have been flowing very well.

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  4. Thanks for sharing mossy pool with us Alan, it looks even better than i imagined! As always your photographs are absolutely superb, i see the spider was having a good look at the capture of the beautiful brookie.

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    1. brian,
      Thanks.
      It's really a sweet part of that stream. Yes the spider had quite the view.

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  5. Awesome picture at the end! I didn't notice the spider at first, very cool.

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    1. Michissippi,
      Thanks.
      You have to really look hard.

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  6. Hi Alan!

    One of the most beautiful part of small streams you have shared with us. Thanks a lot! Makes your mind flow away to lovely places with beautiful trout. Sadly here the season is coming to an end pretty soon. A few weeks tops. Sad but true.

    Have fun at "The Mossy Pool" and be nice to the curious spider,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      It's truly a sweet run. Sorry to hear of your seasons end.

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  7. Hey Alan...that picture of the trout and spider is absolutely gorgeous.

    Also, thanks to Brian for bringing the spider to my attention since I could not take my eyes off the trout, water and stones and missed it originally.

    When does the picture go on sale?

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      Most would miss that little spider.
      It's on sale now.

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  8. You ever think there's probably a bunch of people around you that don't fish at all. They're missing out.

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    1. Kevin Frank,
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      They sure are, and we know.

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  9. The last picture is awesome. Suitable for framing. Maybe you can find a contest somewhere and enter it. A sure winner.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      I'm glad so many of you like it.

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  10. So beautiful: the woods, the pool, the fish, and your photos. I agree with Mark. That last photo is awesome. And the header photo is wonderful, too. I've been thinking about searching out my local brookies now that things are turning fallish. Also, congratulations on the recognition. Well deserved.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      Your wonderful comments are appreciated.

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  11. Clear water and red spots. I shutter to think how many fish you've pulled from this pool over the years, a favorite that shows. Awesome photographs.

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  12. Gary Thompson,
    Thanks.
    I wish I could get my mind as clear as that water.
    That pool has been good.

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  13. Beautiful trout. It looks like you found yourself a great spot.

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    1. Peter Patenaude,
      Thanks.
      A sweet one for sure.

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  14. Amazing photos! thanks for sharing.

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  15. That wildflower is Joe-Pye Weed, named after an Indian healer from New England. It was used to treat various medical conditions back in the day. The Moss Pool sure looks like a great spot and that brookie shot is fantastic with the way the water was captured in the picture!

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