For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, June 20, 2013
New Stream, and Fine Spotted Brook Trout
Kirk and I got together yesterday AM for a few hours to fish a few streams we have not fished in a while. We arrived around 8:30 and we both commented on the pristine condition of the stream. We have had some heavy rains in the last weeks but this stream was in great shape.
We started fishing various flies, a few hookups and a few misses. In one pool I hooked a brookie briefly, as he was coming in I noticed a larger fish following. I tied on that old reliable brookie bucktail the Edson Tiger and sent it off to work. I promptly hooked a beautiful little brookie. I commented to Kirk how the brookies in this particular stream were fine spotted and probably the most beautiful of all the streams I've fished.
A fine spotted brook trout that took the Edson Tiger. They are incredible little jewels.
Another brookie from the same stream. They were also killing the Picket Pin.
We then moved to a second stream. We each caught a few. As you can see the spotting is not as fine on this brookie.
This is a tributary to the stream we were fishing. It runs through private property though. I have always wanted to fish it but never took the time. Kirk told me he had fished it before, fishing only a short section. So we wandered up a bit to a stone bridge. There was a nice pool created under it. Standing on top of the bridge I let the Picket Pin drift through. A second later the rod bent and a fight was on. I saw the fish, and was impressed by the heft of him. At that point we tried to figure how to land him. I handed Kirk the rod and I busted through the briars to the streams edge and brought the brookie to hand. He was very energetic and refused to hold a second for a photo. A quick shot and he accepted his freedom.
You can see the stone bridge in the background. I'll get a better photo of it my next visit. By the way while we were trying to get control of the fish the landowner was observing. A wave, and some polite talk and Kirk and I were given permission to fish the stream through his property.
Sorry for the photo quality. The fish was quite hefty, and almost silvery.
The fellow in this photo is late for work....see what effect brook trout fishing has on man.