Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday Morning......."Tiger"



Its been a few days now that I haven't posted a fishing report. Yesterday morning I had some hours available so I got up at 4 AM had my Nantucket and hit the road before 5. When I parked at the stream it was still a bit dark but the sounds of the moving water is more stimulating than 5 cups of coffee.

As I walked along I tossed out a Bomber and worked the slicks and riffles. The fly did its job bringing several trout to the surface, unfortunately I failed on my part and they never made it to hand.

While walking I noticed a few flowers growing along the waters edge. They were like solar lamps. Stopping to take a photo I had thoughts of the book "Trout Flies and Flowers". So looking into the fly box I pulled out a scruffy beat up Edson Tiger. It did not look as beautiful as the flower but it was close as far as color.


A well used, well traveled Edson Tiger. It's tied on a small hook. A streamer I primarily use for small streams. I fished the streamer in several runs and had a few strikes. I reached a deep pool and began swinging the Tiger through. I could see that the fly seemed not to be working as I had expected. So what I did was to fish the streamer like a nymph. I cast it up into the pool and let it dead drift. The second cast I could see a fish move to it. Several casts later and the fly was hit. The trout pretty much ran to every hideout he knew in the pool, and then made a run for the fast water above. I was able to gain control, luckily I had the 5wt.

Moments later a beautiful wild brook trout lay close to me.


I slid my hand under him and admired his beauty. A quick photo and off he went. In his mind was the memory of a yellow nymph. In my mind is the memory of a splendid creation of wild beauty.



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30 comments:

  1. What a great fish, he has made that stream his home for quite some time. Can't wait to read the story of when you catch him on the bomber!

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    1. Luke Bothell,
      Thanks.
      I would love to see that brook trout rise to the Bomber. Although I think he prefers fish.

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  2. Another big one! Nice job. Looks like you were down my way again.

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    1. Apache Trout,
      Thanks.
      I have also seen that largemouth. He sucked in a hot spot nymph, but did not hookup.

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  3. beautiful bloom - and fish, too. :)

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      They looked so bright even in the dim light of the forest.

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  4. Alan
    First off, the header image is awesome, another outstanding looking stream you are fishing. The nymph/streamer pattern is another technique I will have to try. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      That streamer is one I created to celebrate the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship.
      That technique came by accident. But it's worth a try at times.

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  5. I'm thinking I might have to tie up a couple and try them here.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      They're easy to tie, and would work well for you.

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  6. Fantastic, nicely done Alan.

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      It was a enjoyable outing.

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  7. Beautiful fish! With my summer house painting project in full swing I've been having to get my fishing fixes by reading about others adventures. Thanks for the trip....

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      Take care of the home necessities, Fall is coming and the fishing will be at it's best.

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  8. Beautiful--fish and experience. Looks like you fooled the King of the Pool.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      He was a good sized fellow, but.............

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  9. Beautiful fish. The camera seems to be performing well. You like it?

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      So far I'm really pleased with its performance.

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  10. That's a small stream bruiser!

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    1. Jay,
      Thanks.
      He sure didn't miss to many meals for sure.

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  11. Brk trt, that's a dandy sized brookie & great photos as well.

    As always, well done across the board...........Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      Phil, guys that fish that stream with regularity tell me there are bigger brook trout in there.

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  12. The flower is a spotted touch me not or orange jewel weed. They are not only beautiful but are great for relieving the itch from poison ivy. However beautiful it may be the brookie is better....nice post.

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  13. Kiwi,
    Thanks.
    I knew you would know the flower.
    And I agree with you about the brookie.

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  14. Thanks for introducing me to the Tiger, it has it's days! Very nice brookie there

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      It has proven itself, as you well know.
      I think that yellow wing is what makes it.

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  15. What a brookie! Good work. Looks like it is starting to develop those teeth for the fall spawning season...

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    1. David Knapp,
      Thanks.
      A few of them lately have been developing a hook jaw.

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  16. Great fish Alan. 4AM is a good time of day..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      I usually start my days a little later, but once and awhile I make a 4am start.

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