Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Spring Outing

Fishing small streams over the years I have encountered many wild creatures. Some of which have been rare and some pretty common. Here's one that is common and rare at once. While driving to the parking area of a stream I saw two wild turkeys on the edge of the road, very common this time of year, it's what they did next that was very uncommon, at least to me. They were gobbling very aggressively at my car. At one point they attempted to chase a truck traveling in the other direction. This continued for some time until one started for the woods, soon the other followed. They continued to gobble as they left.




A beautiful spring morning. The stream was in great shape, and a few bugs in the air. This is a place I never overlook while fishing small streams. Shallow riffles flowing into somewhat deeper water. Such was the case today. The wet fly drifted through and was taken by a feisty wild brookie.




I came upon these all clumped together. Looking closer I noticed some yellow flowers just about to bloom.


Another one of those shallow riffles. The fish was lying in the soft seam. It didn't take long for the fly to be eaten.


All brook trout are beautiful no matter what season they're taken. But this one was stunning. When first lifted from the cold waters his colors were so vibrant. It's to bad the camera can't capture them.


More colors of new life, growing through the dead remnants of winter.




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38 comments:

  1. Had plans to go out today but this will have to be my spring fix for the day. Spring has been postponed. Snow this morning. Our turkeys are frozen.

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    1. Lester Kish,
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      Sorry to hear that. Hang in there.

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  2. A whole lot besides the Trout to apopreciate out there....

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  3. I've noticed the turkeys too. We have a lot around our area and the toms get quite indignant when you interrupt their mating ritual. Most of our problem stems from just getting them out of the road so you can get by.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
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      These guys were furious, and were not giving up there ground.

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  4. Did the turkeys drop any feathers?

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    1. LQN,
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      I didn't think to look...possible tying material.

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  5. Cool shot of those turkeys. Very nice.

    Ben

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  6. just gorgeous colors in this post! thanks for sharing the woods and streams!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.I love sharing my adventures outdoors.

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  7. Before you know it, everything will come alive and we'll be fishing in short sleeves swatting mosquitoes. I noticed some trout lilly streamside last week.

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  8. Nice post and pictures Alan, thanks for sharing.

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    1. brian,
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      I appreciate your comment.

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  9. Nice day on the water for you. I can't wait to get back from CA and see how things have changed.

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    1. RKM,
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      It sure was. Your going to miss opening day.

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  10. Alan
    Outstanding post as usual---those brook trout are always colorful. It does look like spring has arrive there as well as here. Are the trees showing new growth? Beautiful images of the outdoors and those turkeys are amazing, what is even more amazing you got that close to take the picture. thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      I've never seen turkeys that mad about a human being present. They usually run to beat the band.

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  11. Beautiful. Nice turkey shots. I rarely see the toms. You made some turkey hunters jealous.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
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      As I fished the stream that morning I could hear turkeys gobbling, but never saw them again.

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  12. Dang! Everyone is seeing turkeys but me. Maybe old Ben Franklin was right. One smart bird. Maybe he does know I'm waiting for him with a gun in hand.

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    1. Joel D,
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      Ben was right. I've hunted my share, and they are very smart.

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  13. Nice shot of the birds! they seemed really fired up. I was fishing a tidal pond this morning and I heard a few gobbles in the distance.

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    1. Savage,
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      Fired up is an understatement. They're a wonderful spring sight.

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  14. Holding a brookie is like holding a piece of beautiful agate from the riverbed of a clear mountain stream. I'll never tire of it.

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    1. tenkara ambassador,
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      You say it well. I never tire of their beauty either.

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  15. Very nice post. I have had a few strange experiences with wildlife too. I once had a pine marten, in the Adirondacks, come running out of woods, pause, then run across my foot and off in the other direction. But that turkey behavior is strange. the last brookie is a beauty and very unusual with just the three red/blue spots in a line.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      It never ceases to amaze me what wildlife can do. We think we have them profiled and then they change the program.

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  16. That one turkey was huge. I recently did a brook trout survey. While leaving we came upon a turkey walking in the middle of the road. It ran in front of our vehicle for at least 200yds before going off the road.

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    1. Kevin Frank,
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      He sure was. I would like to put a bead on him come the season.

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  17. Glad someone enjoyed the nice day! It's amazing where wild trout can hold! I walk by those shallow areas a lot thinking they are too shallow to hold fish, guess I should be fishing them. Love the shot of the little violets!

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    1. Mark,
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      I sure did. I love fishing skinny water. Try it and you'll like it to.

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  18. Beautiful pics and post. I have a few small streams close to work. They intimidate me, to be honest, so I guess I'll have to fish them! Either that or they taunt me...or both, LOL. Love the blog.

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    1. Michael Curry,
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      Try them, only beware they're addictive.

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  19. I'm speechless Alan. Simply beautiful photos, especially the turkey. Beautiful, goofy birds.

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    1. Howard,
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      Awesome birds, and goofy at times.

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