Thursday, May 8, 2014

Red Brook, May 2014. A grand day at Lyman Reserve

Yesterday Jeanette and I took a day trip to Cape Cod. On the list of things to do was a few hours to be spent fishing Red Brook, and simply enjoying a walk through the lands that surround this wonderful place. We left home around 4:30 am and after stopping for a large road coffee to go we headed out on a 3 hour ride. We arrived as the traffic crossing the Sagamore bridge over the Cape Cod canal was building. Construction was the issue on this narrow bridge. The decision was made to stop at a local breakfast emporium and fuel up and allow the traffic to clear. After breakfast it seemed that our plan was not working, the traffic was still jammed. So we headed for Lyman Reserve and fish Red Brook. Ten AM, with bright sunshine, and no foliage on the trees was not good for angling for brook trout. To make matters worse the run of herring was on and there were ospreys, and blue herons about. But we came to fish and that I did.

After an hour I gave in to the fact that the fish were there but the conditions were not going to let me tempt one to strike. So I broke the rod down and we decided to walk the many foot paths of the Reserve.


As you can see, the sun was not in favor of angling, but it did make foe some beautiful views.


Walking and hearing, as well as seeing Spring come to life was truly wonderful.


There are many pine trees, and there needles make for carpeted walking along the paths. Many of these paths were lovely patches of flowers.

We walked for several hours, and it was time for lunch, after which I would head back to the brook for some late afternoon fishing.

The stream was now in shadow. There was a better shot at being able to catch fish now with some cover.


Everywhere the streamer worked in shade I took a strike.


The first Red Brook brook trout of the day came late afternoon on a simple red and white bucktail. I don't know if it was a "salter" but it did have that pale look. It was well fed as this photo shows.


Another brook trout on the red and white. This one had the look of a regular brook trout. These fish fight with a tenacity unlike others.


The last few casts of the day were made along this stretch. As the streamer drifted to the bank I saw the trout move to it and strike. I felt him, but not for long. The fly was cast to the bank again and the the fish chased again. This time the hook held.


The last fish of the day. A beautiful Red Brook brook trout.


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28 comments:

  1. What a nice trip. Beautiful country as usual.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
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      That place is incredible. Such diversity.

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  2. just beautiful! full of color and life!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
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      The season is hoping along in force.

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  3. Glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful day yesterday and have a window of afternoon shadow to fish in!

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    1. Mark,
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      I've got to get you to fish this stream. Right up the small stream fishers alley.
      These are special brook trout.

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  4. Well Done!! Gorgeous photos of the fish and scenery! Thanks.

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    1. TROUT1,
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      It's a beautiful place Pete.

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  5. A perfect way to spend the day, walking in lovely surrounding's and catching beautiful trout.

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    1. brian,
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      We enjoyed ourselves to the max.

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  6. I'm so jealous Alan! I told the doctor if he could keep me on my feet for a few hours that this is what will make me feel better the quickest. I need some out door time.

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    1. Howard,
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      I kind of agree with you, but we best listen to the doc. Your river rehab will come friend.

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  7. Nice trip. The fish and weather look great.

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    1. Savage,
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      Jonathan, it's a little brook in a land of salt water giants.

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  8. Alan
    Nothing like a good road trip especially one where you can fish for some outstanding brook trout. I agree sun can be no friend of the fly fisherman, especially when trout fishing. Thanks for sharing an outstanding post!!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      Without some shade those fish do not like to give their position away.
      The trees will have full coverage shortly.

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  9. I really appreciate that you take us along on your forays to Red Brook..looks like an awesome spot and not just for the fishing..thanks Brk Trt..

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    1. penbayman,
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      Mike it's my pleasure to do just that.
      Salters are located in some Maine streams. Ever fish for them?

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  10. Very nice, almost as though I was there! : )

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    1. Matt Grobert,
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      The stream is only an hour from Boston.

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  11. Brook trout and Cape Cod: thanks for making this interesting juxtaposition bear fruit.

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    1. rivertoprambles,
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      Walt, they are odd, but it works and well.

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  12. Such a beautiful area! Your posts never seem to amaze me. I would have much trouble staying indoors if I lived in your area. Your streamers seem to be to the liking of some gorgeous colored Brookies. Appreciate your blog so much.

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    1. Mel Moore,
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      I appreciate your wonderful comments Mel.
      It's hard for me not to fish every day. Each day brings something new.

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  13. I don't know if there is a prettier fish. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Kevin Smith,
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      Kevin I agree.

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  14. That is a lovely lovely place to fish. I wish I lived close enough for a day trip.

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    1. Steve Zakur,
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      It would be a long haul for you for a day. Stay the night and fish the other two salter streams.

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