Saturday, December 1, 2012

Seasons, Wild Brook Trout and Beauty

Although the calendar says it's late Autumn the woods and the streams say it's not. The trees have taken on that bleak steely gray color that the sunshine can't brighten. There are remnants of snow and that bite of cold that is always present. There are those wonderful spots of green that mix in and give the look of the season that is so close.


The hemlocks that are green all year seem to have a deeper color of green as the days get cold. The water is so clear that it seems to be absent. The temps of which were a cold 38 degrees.


As the waters splashed on to the over hanging branches ice formed creating a scene worth the trip. We observed a few brook trout holding in the tails of the pools. At times they could be seen rising to tiny flies that were almost invisible. Kirk managed to bring a fish to the surface and take the fly.


For me the surface flies as well as my go to fly the Picket Pin were not being accepted by the brookies. Reaching into the fly box I picked out this emerger that I had received in a fly swap. I tied it on and it was placed into the cold waters where it was taken. The fly worked so well this day.


In a pool so clear that you could count the tiny pebbles, you would think you would see a trout if it was there. The emerger was cast, and a winter jewel was brought to hand.


Wild beauty.


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26 comments:

  1. Hi Alan!

    Nice post! Here it's snowing and it doesn't seem to stop. Lovely to follow your fishing day and see at least a brook trout in a picture. Here we'll have to wait some months before fly fishing again.

    Greetings from your friend in Sweden,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      Such is life in the high north. You must do some serious fly tying.
      I'll do my best to entertain you and keep the thought of fishing those Swedish streams in your mind.
      Stay warm friend.

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  2. Hey there Brk Trt,I like it!! Another wonderful post.
    It's snowing here today in the berkshires with several inches of dry snow blanketing the the ground, and the air is silent & clean. Its a great time of the year to be in New England.

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      Must be a pretty sight. Life in New England is good.

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  3. Hey Alan.....before I get to the picture of the brookie I have say thanks for helping me focus on my surroundings when I am afield. In the past I was either walking to fast or focused on the task at hand that I may have allowed a thing of beauty slip away. Because of your words and pictures I try to not let that happen and for that I am grateful. Thanks.

    Oh yeah......what a gorgeous picture of the brookie.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      That's what this blog is about. Simple and Beauty. The fish are a added bonus.
      I hope you'll stop to enjoy all that is out there.

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  4. A poem for your fall outing:

    "The river willow
    keeps its gold,
    'til taken by December's cold,
    and the winter long, unseen,
    fashions its spring mantle, green."

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    1. tenkara ambassador,
      Thanks.
      That's a wonderful poem. I think I'll use it in my blog, that is with your permission.

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    2. Brk Trt,

      Be my guest. Now I'll be a "published" poet.

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  5. Alan
    The Emerger made for a good swap, I really like the pattern, what size did the brook take? What was the temps, I see ice so I know it had to be cold. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      I think it was tied on a 14 hook.
      The air was about 42, and the water 38...real crisp.

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  6. Those low branches...tips covered in ice. They're always intriguing and so very beautiful. Gorgeous photos as ever!

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    1. e.m.b.,
      Thanks.
      Erin it made for a pretty sight.
      I appreciate your comments.

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  7. Alan, you are an awesome storyteller backed up by some great photos...thanks!

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    1. cofisher,
      Thanks.
      Howard, as I get older I'm more patient and this allows me to be a better....

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  8. Outstanding Photos again Al!!! Very Nice!!! Be seeing you soon!!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      Pete are you thinking New Years Day?
      We were just talking about it the other day.

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    2. Maybe a new stream for 2013? Just a thought.

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    3. Apache Trout,
      I figured you would be there.
      I'm open to a new stream. Any suggestions. PM me.

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  9. Very Nice!! I really enjoy the solitude and tranquility of winter time fishing , I can see both of those elements in your pictures. One of my favorite times of the year to be out unfortunately my time has been consumed by other things lately so I've had to live vicariously through you guys that are getting out and enjoying it. Thanks....

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    1. HighPlaimsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      Take care of those other things, there will be ample time to fish later.

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  10. 38 degrees is cold! The sound is still in the upper 40's. Great spot you have there

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    1. Peter Patenaude,
      Thanks.
      A joy for sure.

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