Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring "Sizzler"

That's what best describes the outing I had Wednesday. I arrived at the stream, the sun was shinning bright and the air temp was about 40. The past few nights were also decent with temps holding in the mid thirties. Armed with the new TQR 5ft 2wt and the first fly of the day, an Edson Tiger I started searching. Several drifts and a few places later I had my first response. The fish hit the fly hard and was on, then off....that was quick.

I continued to fish the streamer and it was not touched again. I noticed some small stone flies about and a few larger may flies dancing also. This was encouraging, but no rises.

I came upon this small trib to the stream I was fishing. Looking down into the water I observed some small trout and dace darting for cover. It was amazing to see them disappear in such scant conditions. They must learn quickly.


I tied on a dry fly just to see if there might be a taker. As the fly drifted just past the log entering the water a 5 inch guided missile launched and missed its target. Several more drifts later I finally had my first brookie on a dry in some time. Several more wild jewels were to fall to the dry this day, a day that I hope will be repeated soon. By the way the water temp was 45, which is a good sign.




The little TQR 5ft 2wt was awesome.






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38 comments:

  1. Hi Alan!

    Seems you had a lovely time by the stream. Here it will take some time before it's possible. It's still freezing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      It was a winner. Still freezing in the north country, keep the faith it's going to get better.

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  2. Thats one tight looking little stream, made for your tqr. I wish we had a cabelas in the uk.

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    1. Col,
      Thanks.
      A small treasure. Can you order from them online?

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  3. YOUR ARE a Master of the small streams. Way to use the 2w!

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    1. Joel D,
      Thanks.
      At times that's very true, and at times I can be a clutz.

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  4. Brk Trt,

    A great way to start a slow starting spring, You sure know how to jump start & warm up a day.

    Keep your line wet.........Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      Phil winter is hard to knock out. I hope it's gone for good.

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  5. Things are looking up. With any luck I'll be able to grab a rod in a week and meet up with you.

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  6. No doubt the Brook Trout is my favorite. Opening day is now just 4 weeks away.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      He's mine also. 4 weeks, hope it passes quickly.

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    1. Apache Trout,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate it John.

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  8. No better way to spend a day...feeling like Spring here in my neck of the woods today as well. Let's hope it's here to stay this time!!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      It's a great way to spend some time. I think winters butt has been kicked.

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  9. Good to hear the bookies are looking up and a welcome rise in temperature too.

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    1. brian,
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      Both gave me a nice feeling.

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  10. Initially, very impressed with the ability to fish a dry on a five foot rod and drifting a two weight line. Beautiful and willing Brookies make it even more impressive.

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    1. Rainbow Chaser,
      Thanks.
      Mel the rod performed very well. It's a small stream gem.

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  11. 50's this weekend dude!!!! Hatch city! Nice looking outing you had.. I like the fight in those little 6-7 inch brookies. Great persistence on the dry.

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    1. Swamp Yankee,
      Thanks.
      It was a lot of fun. 50's that should get the bugs hatching.

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  12. Great to hear dry time is breaking there. What's more beautiful than a hungry spring Brookie?(Also loved the Comet.)

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
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      There's nothing like it, hope they stay hungry.

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  13. Alan
    I gather from this read that this is the beginning of a great season for you. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      Hopefully so.

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  14. Ah, Spring really is here. I had to laugh about the small brookie launching itself at the fly and missing. Well, hopefully he'll learn. Nice post Alan.

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    1. Howard,
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      It sure is, now it has to stay. They can be wreckless when trying to capture a meal.

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  15. Spring is here! What's your setup(leader) for fishing streamers on these small streams?

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    1. Brad From Potter,
      Thanks.
      Are you from Potter Co. PA?
      I have a braided leader tied to the fly line it's about 3ft long. To that I tie on a tippet section of approx. 18 to 24 inches.

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    2. Yes I am. I assume you know where it is?

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    3. Yes I do. Many fine small streams in that county.

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      It sure was, and it felt pretty good.

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  17. I forgot to make the most important comment..Happy Easter to you and yours Alan..

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    1. Mike,
      Thanks you.
      Happy Easter to you and the family.

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  18. Sounds like a great day to be out! Looking at brook trout never gets old for me and you sure do have some beauties in this post.

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      Very enjoyable Bill. And I never tire of the brookie.

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