For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Browns, Brookies, and Winters Retreat
Fishing a small stream Thursday proved to be another outing of wonderful surprises. I had decided to fish a section that I haven't been to for a spell. The day was sunny and bright. There was a breeze but with air temps in the fifties it felt pretty good. The first pool I fished has always been good. The roots and undercuts are prime ambush sites for trout. I had on a wet fly and on the first drift the fly caught a snag. As I pulled, the twig the fly was hooked on came free. That's when the trout that was in the area darted upstream. I continued to fish the pool with no takers.
I moved to another run that has given up a fish or two at times. After several casts the fly was struck as it touched the brush pile. The brown was on briefly but soon departed. Moving down to where the stream bends, I hooked up again. The brown gave a fight that was memorable, the little 5ft 2wt was tested for sure.
A handsome wild brown was at hand. As I set him back into the water, he swam off with real vigor. Looking at the size of his head, I believe that if he makes it 'til fall he's going to be quite a catch.
The next run has produced at times. I remember catching a nice brookie here. That was about 2 years ago. Well lightning struck again, after an absence of 2 years. Not only did I take a beautiful brookie here, just down stream I took another.
I'm very happy to see the brook trout making a comeback in this area of the stream.
Just to let you know, winter is alive, but hopefully on its last leg.