Monday, March 25, 2013

Four Ounces Of Wonder




He walks to the little rocky stream, something he has done for as many times as there are flies in his fly box. It's a stream that flows clear and cool through the oak, maple and hemlock forest, its origin in the hills of northeast Connecticut.

As he stops to tie on the little Wulff dry fly to the tippet he notices movement in a tree. His eyes make contact with a regal looking Blue Jay. Soon the Jay's loud scolding begins and is relentless for a few moments. Soon the Jay feels that the woods are aware of the fly fishers presence and departs to another tree.

As the fly fisher prepares to release the little fly, he looks into the water and thinks, what a tough way of life for those who inhabit the little stream. Everything floating in or on it maybe food, or perhaps death.

As the fly starts its drift along the riffled water it moves to the far bank towards a fallen tree branch, a sudden swell is seen on the surface, the sign of a trout trying to take the little fly.

As the fly fisher pulls on the line he realizes the attempt has failed. He then sends the fly out a second time and as the fly nears the branch a flash of orange appears from the ten inch depths of the stream and a wild brook trout takes hold of the little fly. After a brief  but spirited fight the six inch jewel is held in his hand.

For a few moments he admires its beauty, wild icy colors, and heavenly halos that cannot be reproduced by any artist. The fly fisher places his hand in the water and the wild one darts away into the stream.

As the fly fisher steps back onto the bank, he says, Thank You



By,
Brk Trt

24 comments:

  1. Hi Alan!

    Lovely post! Being on an outing can be much more rewarding when we take time to reflect on the wonders of nature.

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      There's much more to this we do.

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  2. Brk Trt,
    your words flow beautifully like many small streams you have visited & write/wrote about.

    Another enjoyable blog entry.........Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate your comment.

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  3. This post just about sums up how I like every fishing trip to be. Beautiful post.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      It's what anglers should strive for.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      I do really appreciate your comment.

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  5. Alan
    What a perfect description of a day on a small stream in Connecticut. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      Perfect, it sure was Bill.

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  6. Excellent piece of writing!

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      Your comment was very much appreciated.

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  7. Well done and a unique post! Heaven is where you find it!

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    1. Rainbow Chaser,
      Thanks.
      Mel, your so right, Heaven is where you find it.

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  8. Great read Alan , boy you're sure making me think of Spring with those pictures of green grass and trees with actual leaves on them.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      It's a pleasant sight for sure.

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  9. I've been reading your site since the days when you posted pictures of your beautifully tied salmon flies on another site. Love the photographs and the writing. Thanks for keeping me busy during the dog days of winter.

    Pete

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    1. Peter Carlson,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate your kind comments, and your visits to the blog.

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  11. We should all give thanks for everyday, for each one is a gift. But some days, like the one you describe are more inspiring...

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  12. penbayman,
    Thanks.
    I for one do just that.

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