Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wild Beauty, Rain, and a Small Stream

This is an outing I took last Thursday. It's a small stream that flows through a big piece of state land. I have fished a small segment in the lower reaches of it numerous times but have never ventured further up into the woods to see what it offered. Late last fall or early winter I searched it in another area. I caught one nice brookie, and the stream looked like it had potential. Kirk paid a visit to it in winter and he felt the same way. So Thursday in the overcast, and from time to time rain I ventured further upstream and found some very good fishing for wild brook trout.


The stream has some very good access in places, but others are like a jungle. The water temp was 56 degrees, quite cold. There are numerous undercuts and a good ratio of riffles and pools, real primo brookie water.

Like most small streams the insect hatches are sparse but one fly I noticed quite a bit was a cream colored caddis. So I tied on the closest thing I had to it which was a cream colored, almost pink parachute dry. Well they hit that fly very well.

On and off rain produced some beautiful images. The smell of a wet fir and hardwood forest is intoxicating.


I find all wild brook trout to be the most beautiful creatures on this earth. The brookies in this stream have a concentrated beauty in their small bodies. Their colors and needle point dots are spectacular.




Having explored this section I now must fish further upstream and see what waits.


Absolute wild beauty in a compact form.



22 comments:

  1. Cream is definitely the color of the week there. Nice fish and pics.

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    1. RKM,
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      Kirk, and today it continued to be the color.

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  2. Beautiful scene. I'm just now writing about some fishing that I did in the rain last weekend. Everything seems different, cleaner, greener, fresher in the rain.

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    1. Steve Zakur,
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      It's nice fishing during a light rain.

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  3. Alan
    That undercut bank looking so inviting for one of those beautiful brooks. I have notice each brook trout has it own dissent color markings, which makes this trout so unique. What size dry produced the take? thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      Places as such are magnets for small stream trout. Certain waters really bring out their colors. 14 and 16's Bill.

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  4. Those brookies are a work of art &the forest after a rain this time of year is a whole lot nicer than it is come late August. The fresh growth is much greener.

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    1. Joel D,
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      For sure Joel. Those August rains can bring in some humid weather.

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  5. oh, those ferns just pull at my heart! don't get to see them here as we're too hot and dry.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
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      They are pretty when they're wet. Part of the northeast landscape.

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  6. A simply beautiful piece of the planet and what lovely inhabitants too!

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    1. Regular Rod,
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      That they are my friend.

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  7. I have to say Alan that although those brookies are indeed beautiful, your photography skills would make a pile of garbage a delight to look at. Some people got it and some don't.

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    1. Howard,
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      Your very kind Howard.

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  8. It never ceases to amaze me how much beauty can be packed into such small streams and fish.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      And it's most every where you look.

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  9. Love the "concentrated beauty" aspect. All packed into the fishes and tight landscapes...Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Casey,
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      The images seemed to state concentration.

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  10. I can almost smell that "wet fir and hardwood forest" sitting here at work this morning just looking at that first photo. Great stuff as always!!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      I hope it made your day a little more pleasant.

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  11. Can't improve on those masterpieces of nature..

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    1. penbayman,
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      No we can't. But they keep trying and the result is the same, and I think you know what that is.

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