Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Small Stream On Black Friday

After a few chores that were laid out for me were completed I sat enjoying a cup of coffee and looking out the window. I was thinking what the rest of the day held. I am aware it was Black Friday and the thought of going anywhere there might be a sale was a thought put quickly out of my mind. About halfway through the coffee Jeanette said why not go fishing. I looked at the clock and said to myself you probably have a couple of hours. That was an easy decision....I'm going.

Arriving at the stream I noticed the sun was hitting the water, hopefully taking that chill out of it. I did not take a stream temp, but placing my hand into it I knew it was cold. There would be no dry fly action today.

I fished the tails of the pools with a Picket Pin, one with no hackle, this would allow the fly to ride deeper in the stream. The offering was the right choice for suddenly I had a hit, and a miss. I tried the same pool again hoping lightning would strike twice, but it was not to be.


I had several more hookups, but the jewel to hand was eluding me. It was then that I tried dropping the fly into the plunge pool. Has it hit the water it appeared to be pulled into the log. Pulling back on the line it felt as if the log had won. As I retrieved the slack line, suddenly a trout shot forward to the back of the pool. This brookie took to the air like a rainbow. In has battle for survival he repeated the leap twice.

With some gentle coaxing the trout was at hand. He was beautiful, with a tail of such size I have not seen in a long time. A brief photo and this wild jewel was released. Two hours well spent on Black Friday.



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22 comments:

  1. Good choice, Alan, fishing beat shopping! Unless, of course, your shopping for more fly fishing goodies. Beautiful Brookie!

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      Words that are ever so true.

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  2. Good call...avoiding the crowds, talking a walk and a wonderful reward for your efforts.

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    1. Steve,
      Thanks.
      It was a great few hours.

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  3. Spectacular Colors in the Brookie!!! Worth avoiding the mob scene at the mall!!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      Small stream, wild brookies, anytime over shopping.

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  4. C,mon you're "photoshopping" those brookies! (Just kidding.) What colors!

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    1. tenkara ambassador,
      Thanks.
      Sometimes the camera sees them as I do.

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  5. That's the sort of Black Friday shopping every angler yearns for.

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    1. troutrageous1,
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      Seems we all think alike.

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  6. You made the right choice Alan.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      From the comments we all are on the same wave.

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    1. Phillip,
      Thanks.
      Another one in agreement.

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  8. Nice choice Alan and really nice brookie.

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    1. cofisher,
      Thanks.
      Howard those days are numbered this time of year.

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  9. a beautiful brookie there Alan, a fine reward for a couple of hours on the stream.

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    1. brian,
      Thanks.
      The day was sweet for sure.

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  10. Hi Alan!

    Nice day spent at a small stream. Just being there and fishing a little would be enough for me. Unfortunately the only choice I have is to wait for the next season. Meanwhile I'll do some fly tying and armchair fishing. Thanks for sharing a lovely trip with us!

    Friendly greetings,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      Fly tying, reading a blog or two can help with the wait.
      Hang in there buddy.

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  11. I've said it before and I'll say it again, YOU'VE GOT IT MADE!!!! "Why not go fishing" are words my girlfriend will only say with a spiteful, sarcastic tone. I am envious!

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      I know it. Your girl friend will come around.

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