Monday, November 5, 2012

Clarity

As Autumn moves into its numbered days the streams begin to show a brilliant clarity. At times when you look into the waters they seem to be absent, knowing the water is there only by noticing its movement. Such was the case yesterday on such a stream. It was a cool day with total sunshine. A slight breeze from time to time would kick up causing leaves to blow about and making me pull my collar up in an attempt to ward off the chill. With this bright sunshine and clear water the choice of what pattern to use is simple. The pattern selected was "Caution". These wild trout can see almost everything, and quiet with slow and easy are a must.


The forest floor was covered with both Ground Pine and Princess Pine. Beautiful green growth among the dried brown leaves. I will return to this greenery to harvest a bit for Christmas decorations.


Wild brown trout, a naturalized wonder of our trout streams. There beauty can be appreciated through the clarity of the stream.


A natural barrier. I often wonder at what time a fish would navigate such an obstacle. Perhaps at night or maybe at times of high water.


One thing I do know for sure is that most times in the pool right behind it there lies a trout. Such was the case here. This handsome fellow smacked the fly as soon as the current pulled it under. It's such a joy and a privilege to hold such a wild fish.


This was the last run I fished this day, and it to produced in clarity a fine brown.


Welcome citizen to my waters, and "thanks".




When I arrived home this chilly day I was treated to this. Jeanette had baked some chocolate chip cookies.


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26 comments:

  1. Hi Alan....beautiful pictures as usual.

    How far in the woods do you have to travel to find pristine waters such of this stream?

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    1. Ed,
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      In most cases not very far. The reason they are not over run with anglers is the difficulty in fishing them. Most are FF only and C&R and contain wild trout which are small.

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  2. Brk trt,
    as usual another great post!
    We are always quick to give you praise, but this time it goes to your wife & what looks like tasty cookies. Was there walnuts in those cookies? Toll house cookies w/traditional walnut are my favorite.

    Great job goes out to your Mrs.

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      My wife makes some fine things, not only that she puts up with this obsession I have.
      No walnuts in this batch, I like you enjoy nuts but the rest of the family does not.

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  3. Stunning fish as usual, you are truly blessed.

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    1. Dan Price,
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      I agree, I am blessed.

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  4. Nice job Brk Trt! Nice to see the fish are still interested in the fly despite the coming chill

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    1. Mark,
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      It seems to still be working, only every thing is sub surface.

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  5. I see that the fish finally behaved. Very nice looking fish. Once again I'm jealous.

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    1. RKM,
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      They were on very good behavior, but for a short time. Then it became slow.

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  6. Some great clarity indeed, especially that first image.

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    1. Steve,
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      I looked at that pool and almost couldn't believe my eyes.

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  7. I know what you mean Alan, I hiked into a high blueline in Pa this weekend and I found super spooky brookies, clear water, and the clarity of mind that one can only achieve when immersed in their own personal Shangri La.

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    1. Bill,
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      I can relate to their wariness. The mind clears so nicely in such places.

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  8. Beautiful, cold, clear water. Really pretty for the time of year. Stealth, and the treasures of the water are yours.

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    1. Mel Moore,
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      These last days of Autumn must be enjoyed, for to soon the W.W. winter white will be with us.

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  9. what a great post Alan, the photos are superb, thanks for sharing.

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    1. brian,
      Thanks.
      Your comments are something I truly appreciate.

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  10. When the waters get that clear I often find that I have to just take a seat along a likely fish holding spot and let the fish settle down after I walk up to a pool. It's almost as much fun to just sit and watch the fish start getting comfortable again and move around than it is to actually catch them.
    Great stuff as always!!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      That's pretty much it. Relax a bit and things settle down.

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  11. Very nice post and pics! Looking awesome. i fished some small streams recently, you might be interested.
    troutyeah.blogspot.com

    Thanks Josh!

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    1. Joshua Miller,
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      I checked your blog, impressive browns. PA, has some wonderful small streams. I have fished a few in Delaware Water Gap, lots of wild trout.

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  12. It' amazing how the autumn colors melt together. Glad the fish play along.

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    1. Sanders,
      Thanks.
      It's a beautiful thing.

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