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.


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14 comments:

  1. beautiful streams and woods. love the new header and your tag line. :)

    i'm still viewing each post - just not commenting much w/ the word ver.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      We have some pretty streams, and the woods are waiting to show there greens soon.

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  2. Browns & Brookies & beautiful water. Sounds like the Early Season "Bug" is setting in. Happy hook ups!

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    1. Rainbow Chaser,
      Thanks.
      It is, and I think I like it.

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  3. Hi Alan!

    Nice post with lovely pictures! Soon the trout in your streams will be surface feeding. Here it was snowing earlier on and it's not at all like spring weather. The ice is covering lakes and streams. Spring is later than usual but we have some signs that it's approaching. Keep the trout busy with your flies and thanks for sharing!

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      The surface, my time of year.
      I hope Spring catches up for you.

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  4. Oh my this was beautiful. Thanks Alan.

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks.
      I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Hey Brk Trt, nice post!!

    Dandy catches & beautiful photos....Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      Is it Spring in the Berkshires?

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  6. Nice to see things turning, this last week it felt like the tide was turning. BTW - love the red edge on the adipose and lower tail of that beautifully colored brown!

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      It sure is nice to see some green. Some of the browns are still colored nicely.

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  7. Alan
    Absolute beautiful wild brown, and from an exceptional looking stream. Are most of the streams you fish spring feed? Thanks for sharing another great post!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      Some of the streams start as swampland, and as they progress they have underground springs that feed cold water. A good snowy winter helps keep them flowing, along with a normal rainfall.

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