For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Winter Small Stream Angling, and Dry Flies
After a few attempts to get together and fish a small stream Kirk, Mark, and myself pulled it off Friday. Upon arriving at the parking area the weather had a feel of winter. The sun was bright but a cold breeze was in the mix. The stream was clear and a bit low, but in good shape for this time of year. Many small brook trout could be seen scattering as we moved along, this is a good sign as to the health of the stream.
We had fished a variety of flies with some success. I consider success to be when a trout moves on a fly. It's not necessary to hold it, there's so much more to angling.
Mark fishing a long glassy pool. From time to time trout could be seen rising, but to "what".
Well it didn't take long. Mark took this wild jewel .
Kirk and I spent some time telling Mark a few stories about this stream. As we fished Kirk took a water temp...35 degrees...pretty cold. We continued to see sporadic rises, and small flies on the water.
Coming upon a pool that had a swift flow entering, then a bend that flattened out at the tail. There was a tree with a bunch of roots and a trout was rising near it. What to use? I tied on a small black caddis dry, It was tough getting the fly to float over the fish, but after several casts it was there.
The little caddis and 2wt did there job. I was fortunate to hold this wild brookie. Wild trout on the dry...in December.
We continued to fish and exchange stories. Mark fished small brook trout streams as a kid in Pennsylvania, and still enjoys it today. Kirk, fished for torut in his younger days but spent many years fishing the salt. It's been about a year now that he has returned to trout fishing and the small streams. They both have blogs. Kirk's is "Trout Quest Redux"...and Marks is "Fishing Small Streams"
Kirk is showing Mark a place where a few weeks earlier he had almost stepped on a good sized wild brown.
As that 2 hour window of opportunity started to close, and the fish stopped feeding we walked out and agreed it was a good outing.
Where we had parked, there was a pool. This pool was quite deep and I know it holds a trout or two especially this time of year. I said to Mark that I always wanted to fish a wooly bugger in that pool. He said that he tied some smaller buggers for just this type of stream. I said tie one on and have a go. On his second cast this beautiful rainbow hit the bugger. A quick photo and off he went.
A good ending, a good group of anglers, and perhaps the same results come New Years Day.