Thursday, February 7, 2013

Browns?, Brookies, a Book and a Nor'easter

With talk of an impending nor'easter that's on tract to dump a couple feet of snow on us Friday, I took the opportunity to fish yesterday. The first stream I selected was a bust. That is I busted it. access was very difficult and when I was able to drop a fly every wild trout was already in the next county. So I moved to stream two. It was in wonderful shape. Nice flow, clear water, and the sun was on the water to help warm things up, especially my bones. As I moved into position for my first cast I noticed lots of caddis, both cased and uncased. I had a small worm like pattern that was close to it as far as shape gos, but the color was different. So I cast the fly upstream a bit and on the second cast I had a hit. Good start...not. I fished that fly for at least 45 minutes without a bump.


By this time I had moved to a section where the stream flattens out and is much slower. Soon the fly was to produce. As I lay my hand into the water to lift the little fish up, what I thought was a brown, seemed a bit odd. It had a stout that was long, somewhat like a pickerel. I took a photo, and it flipped itself free and swam off.


Sorry for the poor quality, but he did not give me a second chance.

I moved downstream to an area I call the cow pasture. It's a section of stream that flows by a long pasture. It also has a nice feeder brook coming in. As in times past it proved to be a good spot to fish this day. The fly stopped its drift just past the brook. I lifted the rod and soon this wild jewel was at hand.




I would like to mention a book that I have really admired. It's essays are wonderful. They tell of real everyday regular outdoors people, told as only Tom Hennessey can. With the nor'easter a coming, I'll read from this book again.
A few streamers will be tied also....a Name "The Blizzard"




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33 comments:

  1. Funky lookin fish, nice size brookie too! Stay safe this weekend. I'm supposed to be delivering in Stonington and Pawcatuck, 2 feet expected!!!! Jeeze. Keep us posted on 'the blizzard'

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    1. Swamp Yankee,
      Thanks.
      This snow will do a lot to replace the ground water. Just seems like a lot at one time.

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  2. Hi Alan!

    Great looking stream! Nice brookie you brought to hand. They are really like swimming jewels! Always nice to see in pictures.

    Your friend,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      It's a nice place to fish, especially in milder times.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      Last report I heard, 2 feet.

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  4. With the warmer weather yesterday and the stuff coming this weekend, I thought you might be out and about! Some nice looking streams but I completely understand about trying to get near the water without creating an earthquake busting through the bankside ice! Nice going

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      Today would have been good too.
      Tying, and reading the next few days.

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  5. Alan
    What is the name of the wet fly you were using? Beautiful area you were fishing there with the combination of fast water and pockets. What a great way to spend time inside reading a good fishing book. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      It's a simple fly, antron tail, aussie possum dubbing, antron wing, or a few deer hairs, and orange thread.

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  6. I had planned on taking my rods out to the back yard for some practice casting.....looks like I'll be reaching for a shovel instead. Glad you were able to benefit from the calm before the storm. That is a beautiful brookie!

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      I was happy too. It's been a normal winter, but last years winter was much more angler friendly.

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  7. Sure wish Northern Colorado could get a couple of feet of snow. Not much predicted. Going to be a long, dry summer, I am afraid. Anyhow, what a great looking Brookie! Stay warm and enjoy the book.

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    1. Rainbow Chaser,
      Thanks.
      We had a dry winter and spring last year and suffered some very low water conditions.
      Hope you get the needed precipitation.

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  8. Good on you for getting out before the impending weather. Nothing takes your mind off of lifes worries like a walk along a small stream (especially with a flyrod in your hand)!
    Stay safe....

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      You said it buddy.

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  9. The one with a snout must just be one of those nature oddities.

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  10. Enjoy the book, the streamers, and the snow Alan.
    Stay warm!

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    1. Peter Patenaude,
      Thanks.
      It's all good.

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  11. Very nice brookie. Looks like you caught a extremely rare gar-nosed brown!

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      He was a bit odd.
      Hope you fished today, it's going to be awhile.

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    2. No such luck. I worked all day and then got ready for the next power failure. Good luck with the snow.

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    3. Kirk, You guys are in for some nasty stuff. The winds are going to be bad.
      Got gas for the generator?

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  12. Bundle up Alan. The reports we're getting sound ominous. That brookie is a beauty but is that snow on the rocks in the stream?

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    1. cofisher,
      Thanks.
      Howard some locals are calling for records in snowfall and winds.
      Snow and ice that built up on them.

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  13. You've inspired me to investigate the wild trout streams here in NJ. Any tips for finding them?

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    1. Jersey Joe,
      Thanks.
      Here are a few sites you may want to check.
      http://www.benturpin.com/_/bt/ui/Index.aspx?tabid=536
      http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/trtinfo_summer.htm

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  14. Brk Trt,

    Good luck with the blizzard. Hope you have a good stockpile of hooks and feathers.

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    1. tenkara ambassador,
      Thanks.
      I sure do. Lots of Picket Pins and Bombers will be tied.

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  15. That looks like a great way to spend the calm before the storm.

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