Monday, November 18, 2013

Incredible, "salters"

A thought entered my mind last week to perhaps pay a visit to one of the "salter" brook trout streams on Cape Cod. So early Sunday morning we left to do just that. The weather was not promising, with the possibility of showers. While driving we encountered fog, drizzle and the peak of a brightening sky. Upon arriving in Buzzards Bay we stopped at Leo's, the place for a super breakfast. If your ever in the area please stop there you won't be sorry. As we were leaving Leo's the sun was about to break out, and when we arrived at the stream there it was out in force.

Walking up the road the smell of wet pine and damp earth mixed with salt air was incredible.

This is a coastal stream and is influenced by tidal movements. The lower portion was showing an out going tide. I have never fished here at this time of year so I knew not what to expect. The one certainty was these brook trout have a strong love affair for streamers.


When placed in the right place the streamer will be taken. Yellow and red seem to be favored colors.






One never knows what to expect here
Tidewater. This is salty water.




May have been in the salt for a while


An incredible coastal fishery
Later in the afternoon the clouds took over and a fine rain started. As we said so long to this beautiful place the sky opened up. Thankful for the wonderful day we took the ride home.





40 comments:

  1. That still amazes me to find brook trout close to saltwater.

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    1. Kevin Frank,
      Thanks.
      They are truly unique. And although some take to the salt they are a fresh water fish.

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  2. what a fantastic looking day you had, it's great to see the salters are doing well.

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  3. Great stuff man, like Kevin I am amazed to think of ocean run brookies.

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    1. Atlas,
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      I don't think many actually take to the open ocean, but they do live in the saltwater bays.

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  4. Brk Trt, Good stuff!! What was the streamer of choice? I know some of the red & yellow bucktails like mickey finns, though I sure there are others............Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      They hit Edson Tigers, and a McKay Special. A Mickey Finn with a sparse wing is also taken very well.

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  5. The sweet smell of damp pine and earth is a scent I know but I can't imagine throwing in salty air. Sounds like very unique place!

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    1. Mark,
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      It was incredible, you must experience it sometime.

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  6. Beautiful fish Alan.
    The thought of that smell brings me right back to my trip this past Sept. catching Maine salters along the coast.
    Headed back in spring. :)

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    1. Apache Trout,
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      John you know exactly what it's like. I'll have to try some of Maine's coastal streams one of these days.

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  7. What a gorgeous piece of water to spend the day on! That meadow section just looks incredible.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      It's really special. In that section you don't know what will take your fly, and that's great.

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  8. Alan
    The flat field area looked promising to place a fly right in the right spot. I assume dry action is pretty much void here--another beautiful stream you have to fish there. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      It sure is, you never know what will whack the streamer.
      I have never fished it when insects were hatching, so they may hit dries at that time. Primarily they enjoy meat and streamers fit the bill.

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  9. THIS AREA LOOKS LOVELY. ARE YOU FISHING SECTIONS THAT SALTY ENOUGH TO REQUIRE A GALVANIZED HOOK? WINTER IS COMING THAT WOULD BE TIME TO TYE A FEW.
    RAY

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    1. ray henley,
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      Ray I've never had an issue with rusting. I use regular Mustads.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      It was past peak there but the remnants were still beautiful.

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  11. Al: Once again just outstanding!!

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    1. TROUT1,
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      Pete I appreciate your comment.

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  12. LOVE that tideflat, salty marsh... perfect!

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    1. Madge Bloom,
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      I have a few more photos from the area. It's a perfect place for one with a camera.

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  13. I think I've said this before, but that looks like an interesting place to fish.

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    1. Bill,
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      I'm sure you would enjoy it.

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  14. I love those margins where fresh water meets the salt, especially this time of year. I've known them down south, but would enjoy meeting a salty fontinalis. Thanks again!

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    1. rivertoprambles,
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      It's a special place, and the salters a BIG plus.

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  15. I went out an a small stream/brook. Spent about 4 hours and caught one beautiful 10 inch spotted bass. A very rocky and shallow stream and one that requires stealthy casting technique. Beautiful day out even if it wasn't a trophy which was fines with me anyways.

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    1. riverwalker34,
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      They may be small fish but their beauty is concentrated. Well done.
      I have a small stream very close that contains blue gills, and rock bass. I love fishing for them.

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  16. We need some of these streams to make a come back right her in good ole CT. Another gem Brk Trt.

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    1. Peter Carlson,
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      Well Pete we have. If you email me I'll tell you of one.

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  17. What an incredible place! I would imagine it gets little attention as a prime fishery, I hadn't heard of it until I started to read your blog.

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    1. RM Lytle,
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      Being in the heart of salt water fishing , stripped bass, bluefish as well as other salty gamefish takes the pressure off of brook trout. The fishery is known to the trout guys.

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    1. Steve Zakur,
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      I'm in agreement.

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  19. Great post per usual. The Cape has so much to offer!

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    1. Kierran Broatch,
      Thanks.
      Salt and sweet, an anglers heaven.

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  20. Nice,...love the posts about salters..

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    1. penbayman,
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      Mike living where you do you must have one of those streams close by.

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