Friday, April 19, 2013

Opening Day

The third Saturday in April has always been the opening of trout season in Connecticut. It's a day of family fishing, old buddies getting together for a Spring tradition. A time of camping, early rising, coffee from the gas station, or loading up on carbs and cholesterol at the diner. They are the days of catching breeder trout, some of which can be quite large, and days when your children catch their first fish, and those days of standing in cold streams, shoulder to shoulder with other anglers waiting to fill there limit.

These days provide memories that will last a lifetime. So if you have the time, get out and make a few memories and enjoy.

For me opening day will start with a cup or two of Nantucket, black and hot. A bowl of oatmeal, with maple syrup and blueberries. I'll then find a small cold clear freestone stream to fish. Armed with a 2wt rod and a few flies I'll seek out the wild brook trout.


With a little luck I'll be graced to bring to hand a few wild jewels.




While out there be on the lookout for some land based wild beauty. This could be the weekend for these.


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30 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good plan Alan! Not a fan of the shoulder to shoulder scene with 5 gallon buckets all over the place full of fish. Nice shot of the trilium, one of my spring favorites. I guess we can say that spring is finally here.

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    1. Mark,
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      Yes those white buckets. I hope they have fun.
      Lots of nice flowers ready to bloom.

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    1. Swamp Yankee,
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      The good luck would be not having to use the raincoat, but I'll be prepared.

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  3. Nothing like an "opening day" to bring in the new season. Hope you have a great one Alan , look forward to seeing the results.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      I'll be enjoying myself for sure.

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  4. Great pics, those brookies are beautiful.

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    1. Kevin Frank,
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      Sometimes they're so photogenic.

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  5. I'll be out on Sunday. Going to visit a small stream in CT that hold wild browns & native brook trout. I also have a lead on a new to me CT stream that I've been told has wild rainbows. Can't wait to investigate. Enjoy your opening day my friend.

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    1. Apache Trout,
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      Have a great outing Sunday.
      I'll be looking for your report.

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  6. Good Luck Allan, stay dry. I plan to go trout fishing tomorrow and not clamming or bass fishing. I am looking forward to it.

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    1. Savage,
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      Enjoy you opening day. Will trout be on the menu?

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  7. The picture of the picture of the brookie in the water......is beautiful! It will rank of there as one of my favorites from your blog.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      He was a great shot. And their beauty can't be duplicated.

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  8. just beautiful. love the trillium, too!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
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      When Trillium is in bloom I know it's spring.

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  9. Look at that green. By the time I get back it will look like a jungle. Enjoy the opening.

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    1. RKM,
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      With last nights rain the green should start to dominate.

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  10. Great pictures Alan, is that a Trillium in the last photo?

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  11. I hope you knock them dead Alan. We, on the other hand, have an extra week to wait. I will also be on the small stream on opening day.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
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      The backwoods streams should be in good shape, that means good fishing.

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  12. Alan
    This first time I ever heard of specific times for trout season, was when my son arrived in California back in March. He wanted to start trout fishing right after he got there, but was informed that the season was not open yet. It does open the last of this month there; he is looking forward to a trip soon. Those are some beautiful streams in the post. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      Some TMA's and WTMA's are open all year. This opening is for the rest of the waters.

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  13. Hi, Alan. The others have already commented on how beautiful those Brook Trout are. In fact, that first one had me just staring at it for a minute or so! Just had to let you know. Opening Day is always anticipated even if it turns out to be crowded.

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    1. Mel,
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      It's a good time for most folks.

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  14. Great post. I can only imagine the anticipation. Thanks Alan.

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    1. Howard,
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      A Carly Simon "classic".

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  15. That sounds like my kind of opening day! Beautiful photos!

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