For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Headwaters, "Hemlock Creek"
This is another one of those streams that I have fished several times. I usually go so far up and have been satisfied with the results. This day I was determined to fish the headwaters of this tea colored blue line. I picked a good day to do the exploration. This part of the state had received some pretty hefty rains, along with the area of the Massachusetts Berkshires so the stream was really flowing. The weather was almost perfect with sunshine and cool temps for this end of July. To compliment this there was also a nice breeze which kept the insects at bay.
This stream has hemlocks, both along the stream and the surrounding forest for miles. I could say that this is as heavy an area for these evergreens of any stream I've fished. With all that tannin the stream is as truly "dark tea stained". Did you know that hemlock bark was used in the process of leather tanning..I didn't until the other day.
Well back to fishing. I found brookies in almost every place I tossed a fly. These fish were very aggressive, so much so that most did not hookup, but the brookies that came to hand were gorgeous.
I continued upstream for hours, one pool and one run at a time.
Wild....a "Hemlock Creek" brook trout.
I took so many photos of this stream. Now it's hard to select which ones to show you.
There were a few rising trout in this pool. The only surface activity viewed this day.
Hot coffee at the end of my day. A welcome feeling this day in late July.