Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First post of 2014, about the last outing of 2013

Good morning. This is my first post of 2014 and it's about my last outing of 2013, which happened on Monday December 30th. We had received a good amount of rain the day before so the streams were in good shape. The sky was overcast and the temps were in the high 30's. There was a hope for the sun to make some headway in cracking the gray and make things feel good, but that didn't happen. What did happen though was the brookies were on a feeding binge and seemed to respond to most of my offerings.


They were found in all sections of this pool, some at the head in the riffles, one in the nook by the tree, just down from the foam slick, and many in the slick pool.


Like I said they took many offerings. One of the best flies was the Picket Pin.


In this section where two parts of the stream join to form a deep plunge pool with a very inviting undercut. I cast the Pin into the water and it was sucked under. I thought the pool had pulled it under and it was snagged. I was right, but the snag was a nice brook trout. He battled and eventually won. That mighty 10 inch giant still swims that pool and I have a good memory as to what he likes to eat.


The Pinkie brought a few to hand as well as the chartreuse version of it.


"Early Spring"?....Saw this guy popping up along the brook. Boy is he in for a shock.


30 comments:

  1. Brk Trt,
    what a nice way to close out 13' & setting a bar for 14' Thanks for letting us share...........Phil

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    1. DRYFLTGUY,
      Thanks.
      It closed out well, and the New Year started very well too.

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  2. Alan
    I think this trip is a prelude to what you can expect fishing small streams for 2014. I fish numerous drops on our tailrace here and it is always productive. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      We fished yesterday and the year started well. Those drops hold lots of surprises.

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  3. Boy, those fish have some eating to catch up on. That first brookie must be older than me!

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    1. Lester Kish,
      Thanks.
      I think that guy had a problem with getting food. Most of the brookies in that stream are better fed.

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  4. glad you had a good day for fishing!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      Fishing places as such it has to be a good day.

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  5. Looks like you made the most of the last sane weather for a while. I guess the plant did not see the weather forecast for thursday-saturday

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      That's for sure buddy. I hope the leaves blow up on top of that plant.

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  6. A nice way to polish off 2013. Happy 2014.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      That is was. Happy New Year Mark.

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  7. beautiful little stream there, good to see the brookies were active

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      The brookies have that turn on point at about 10am, and that lasts for about 4 hours, then lights out.

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  8. Nice. So glad you are still fishing. Have a very brookie new year!

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      Every chance I get buddy.

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  9. Man, your pleasant photos of the day suggest you're living in the tropics compared to my snow-filled rivertops. Good going!

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    1. rivertoprambles,
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      I've noticed that Walt. But we are about to get hammered in the next day.

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  10. Happy New Year, Alan. Beautiful report as always.

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    1. Steve Zakur,
      Thanks.
      Happy New Year to you and yours.
      Got my "Trout" magazine. Your article "very well done".....thanks.

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  11. I've enjoyed reading your blog this year! Looking forward to '14. Happy New Year!

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    1. Michael Curry,
      Thanks.
      I'm happy that I was able to bring it to you. I hope I will do the same in '14

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  12. Keep on fishing! I recently went on a trail run and ran into a small stream. I know this stream doesn't hold fish beyond opening day but.... I was thinking of trying for some holdovers from the autumn stocking. I'm sure they're in there unless they were washed down stream and out into the sound. Keep on fishing Brk Trt!

    Pete

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    1. Peter Carlson,
      Thanks.
      If I were you I would put some time into fishing that stream. If they put browns in there a few may find there way to the salt and give you a surprise.

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  13. Looks like a fitting end to 2013. The first brookie is unusual....so long and thin. Guess you never know what you will get.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      It truly was. Food was not easy for him to find, or perhaps he was a very active during spawning.

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    1. Pink Waders,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate that.

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  15. These are some nice pictures. What camera do you use?

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    1. Blaise Harmange,
      Thanks.
      I use a Nikon L820

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