Saturday, July 20, 2013

Before the heat....a small stream.

Before this nasty heat invaded the north I fished a small stream that is located pretty deep in the woods. I fish here several times a year and with the rain that had fallen in this part of the state I figured there would be plenty of water in the stream. My thoughts were right and I found near perfect conditions, the only flaw were the masses of biting insects.

I had been fishing the faster water at the head of the pools and had several hits along with a few hookups. The air was so still that you could hear the water moving even in the small pools.

The vegetation was so lush, and the blooms strikingly vibrant.


As I approached this pool I noticed a few dimples at the far end. I changed flies from the bomber to a beetle, I would have used an ant but left that box in the car. I let the beetle drift to the rises and it was sucked under. I set the hook and soon a wild dace lay at my hand. A shake and off he went. I sent the beetle off to hunt several more times and he came back empty.

The water was so clear and smooth, so much so that a bomber would not be called on in relief of the beetle. So I tied on a low profile parachute. The fly drifted ever so slowly toward the deep pool by the bank. A splash, then weight, and the tussle was on.

Soon this wild jewel was at hand. A quick photo and a thank you and off he went.



20 comments:

  1. beautiful! love the gold rocks under the water in the last shot. :)

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    1. TexWisGirl,
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      They're really colorful.

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  2. Beautiful area to fish. Rewarding too, it seems.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
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      It truly is Mark.

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  3. Do you ever take the water temps on these small streams Brk Trt? Probably a bit warmer now after the last few days..Nice pics.

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    1. penbayman,
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      Mike the first thing I do is drop a thermometer in the stream. That day the water was 62.
      I also check it at various locations.

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  4. I am always intrigued by your adventures on the small streams in your area. Beautiful pictures and lovely fish. Message: Go forth, Mel, and find you some beautiful small stream off the beaten path somewhere!

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    1. Mel Moore,
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      That's great advice you just gave yourself.....now go forth Mel.

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  5. As usual the photos are beautiful Alan.

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  6. I think the word lush fits that stream very well. Beautiful brookie as usual.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      Chris I guess it's one of the benefits to rain and humidity.

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  7. Where in Connecticut do you fish? If you're inconnecticut, of course..

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    1. Grant Yaun,
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      That info took years to find. They must be a secret.
      I hope you will understand.

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  8. It's been too long since I fished a small stream, soon though. Hopefully it will cool down a bit here in the next few weeks.

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    1. LQN,
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      Long, it's been the same for me. I may take a walk along one and check it out.

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  9. I keep hoping that by reading your fishing adventures, I will learn a few tricks that might bring small stream fish to my net. It is such a different game! Beautiful little brookie.

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    1. The River Damsel,
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      Emily, just fishing a small stream is like apple pie, catching a wild trout is whipped cream on that pie.

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    2. The apples in the East must be more ready to pick! I have a small stream 15 mi up from my house. Try..try..again.

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  10. I never get tired of seeing brook trout.

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