Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Perfect Autumn Day

One of the blessings of living in New England is having the ability to pick a perfect day in Autumn to be out enjoying the countryside. Another blessing is to be able to fly fish on such a day. Angling on one, or two or in my case three of the many small streams in Connecticut that hold wild trout is surely a blessing. Such was a day yesterday. I met Kirk about 9 at the first stream. A wonderful little waterway that has given up its treasures in times past. The air was crisp with a good breeze causing the leaf hatch to accelerate, this is also part of the Autumn  angling. The sun was brilliant, making me wonder why my sun glasses were in the car. We fished this stream and although we had a bump or two there were no hookups.


Perhaps the residents of this stream had other thoughts on their minds.


Is this something educated grown men do? Fishing in such conditions, as Kirk likes to say "obnoxious". None the less that's him in that tangle.

Kirk had taken several beautiful brook trout, and I had a few on but none to hand. My day was still one of those that stays with you for a long time. The time to leave was at hand, but I said I was going to stop on my drive home and fish one more stream.

This stream was first fished by me about the time my daughter was five, I won't tell her age but will say I have a grandaughter that's twelve. We used to come here for picnics and to wet a line. I have fished this stream since those days.

This stream has always given up wild brookies. Its waters run cool in the hot summers and it has those deep pools required for winter survival.

I tossed the fly into one of the deep pools, a short drift later and the trout hit. Heading to the bank I turned the fish around and put my hand into the water and under a beautiful wild brown. It's not what I had expected, but was welcomed. Look at the size of its dorsal.


Fishing further down the stream I was given the pleasure to take a brookie or two.


A great day of angling in Autumn, in New England. 



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25 comments:

  1. Great outing! Nice to tag along reading the post. The brookies are beautiful to look at no matter how many times you have done it before. Here, just a little up north, there has come some snow and the temperature is falling below zero at night. So the fishing is most probably over for this season. Take a couple of brookies for me the next time you're out chasing them!

    Friendly greetings,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      Mats I can endure the snow, it has a peaceful effect, but that bitter cold I'm not liking that.

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    2. Yes, It's easy to abstain from laughing when it's like 35 degrees below zero celsius. I don't mind the snow either but the cold and the lack of light isn't so nice. It's a time to endure and prepare for the next season and naturally some armchair fishing (preferably in front of a fireplace).

      Friendly greetings to you and the brookies you encounter,
      Mats Olsson

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  2. Definitely sounds like a perfect day to me!

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  3. Ahhh, those candy apples. My grandfather used to make them (when you could catch him in a good mood.)

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    1. tenkara ambassador,
      Thanks.
      They're awesome, a tart apple with that sweet candy crust...think I'll go have one.

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  4. Funny thing about sunglasses. I wear mine when it's sunny, cloudy, raining, snowing, it doesn't matter. When I'm on the water, my sunglasses are on the bridge of my nose.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      Maybe I'm just lazy or real forgetful but I never take them.

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  5. the streams look beautiful, a fine autumn day.

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  7. Perfect day to be out!! Great Pictorial essay as always !!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      It was a fine one, maybe a bit to windy but I won't complain.

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  8. Beautiful, days like this help us all make it through the cold days of winter!

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    1. Mel Moore,
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      They sure do help. Winter's a long season.

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  9. Do you ever find a section of Falls like that seems to mark a point in a stream where there are few or no fish above while there are many below? I dont think I've really noticed a corelation, but I always wonder how those fish get above a falls like that!

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    1. Will,
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      This stream has fish above and below those falls, but I doubt they can get over them.

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  10. looks like a perfect day to me! great stream, great brook, great, way to recharge with a candied apple. Good stuff!

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    1. Joel D
      Thanks.
      Enjoyed them all, especially that apple.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      It truly was.

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