For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, April 27, 2014
A small stream and some soft hackled flies
For the last several weeks I have been tying soft hackle wet flies. Been tying them with silk bodies, floss bodies, and various dubbed bodies. Many different feathers have been used for the hackle and these have a real fish catching look. So Friday I grabbed a box of them and headed to a nice little stream. This stream has some awesome hemlock trees to protect it, and one hazard of these trees is the tiny dry branches. They tend to dry and while sneaking about them one has the pleasure of these twigs falling down your back. It's truly amazing how a quarter inch twig can be so annoying.
The first pool I fished I was able to coax a fish to strike. I continued to fish for some time before I had a hookup. The brookie managed to free itself before I could take a photo. I fished several different patterns and found they had taking a liking to the flies with colored silk bodies.
In the flat just beyond the plunge pool a nice fish struck just as the fly was drawn to the surface.
Moments later I had my first brookie at hand. A beautiful little jewel.
This time of year can be difficult to sneak up on a pool to fish. The trees have yet to put leaves on, the water is so clear, so an angler must use the long line approach in order to get a fish to hit the fly.
But when things come together the angler is rewarded with wild beauty.
As the day turned to afternoon and my time to leave was close. I fished a few runs and managed to take another trout or two.