Saturday, July 25, 2015

A New Blue Line, glacial almost.

An outing I took last week to fish a new blue line, a glacial blue line. The hour plus drive put me on a road that winds up a mountain with a stream that flows down a steep gradient over some impressive boulders and countless blow downs. The storms that blow through this area must be some doozies. I managed to find a cut off along side the road and my little Honda just fit. The sun was up for an hour already but the stream was dark, hemlocks and maples made sure of it. I geared up and walked through the woods to the stream. The first pool I came to really took my breath away. The water flowing looked like water I have seen in videos flowing out of glaciers. The water appeared to be white, and the reason was the streams bottom, which was white sand and very light gravel.

Stepping into the water I felt like I stepped into ice water. The stream thermometer came out and the temp was 56 degrees. All through my time fishing here I checked the water and the warmest it got was 58. Now I was in a cold stream, good water flows, and lots of cover, the only question remaining was, are there brook trout here?


The answer was yes. Flies that were drifted in such places were able to wake up the waters with slashes and splashes.


Most of the brookies were like this. Very dark in color which is surprising for such a light colored stream bottom.


After a morning of fishing I went back to the Honda for a snack. I had a nice hot coffee in the early morning and left it in the cup holder. What was left was cold but still tasted good with the peanut butter crackers. I scanned the map and found I could fish another area stream for an hour or so, well off I was.


This stream was also flowing nicely, and the brook trout were just as friendly. There are another 3-4 streams located near here that I want to check out.....maybe this week.







20 comments:

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa and very cold.

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan I can't wait to do some more exploration.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful outing! Cheers

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    1. Jeffrey Bahr
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      Jeff it was. As long as I don't get hurt they're all wonderful.

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  4. Very nice! Maybe I should give up on carp and return to trout.

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    1. RKM
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      Kirk that sounds good to me.

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  5. Those little streams, as nice as they are, and lively with trout, look like they've suffered some blow-outs by storm. Glad you made some new discoveries.

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    1. rivertoprambles.wordpress.com
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      Walt some of them really suffered. But those little guys can ride out any storm nature can throw, it's the man made storms that are the worse.

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  6. I'm further amazed Alan. You must be a great caster to not over do on some of those small close quarters.

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    1. Howard Levett,
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      Howard that's why I love fishing small streams, not much casting needed.

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  7. You have the magic touch AL!!! Gorgeous photos!!!!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete that's a nice comment especially coming from the best magician I know.

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  8. Alan
    You are getting some good work outs exploring all these blue line streams, not to mention the beautiful scenery you encounter. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill they truly are a workout, but lovely workouts.

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  9. Finding water so cold this time of year is amazing. Do you think there are springs feed those streams? I am curious why the brook trout are on the darker side? Nice find!

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    1. Mark
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      Mark it was hard to believe the temp, that's why I checked it often and in various places. They could have ground water springs within the stream itself that feed constant cold water.
      The stream bottom is very light which should produce lighter brookies. I noticed a few feeder creeks coming in that were a darker color. I guess there is someone who could give us a good answer.

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  10. Totally absorbing, Alan! Those two streams look perfect for what you are a master at. I did find it interesting that the Brookies were so dark, also.

    Oh, and you know how I feel about the Peanut Butter thing, so those Crackers reminded me to stick a few in my pack for the next trip.

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    1. Gramps(Mel)
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      Mel I tried to explain it but I would hope that someone with more knowledge of these things would chime in.
      Funny thing Mel, those crackers were open and stuck in one of those cubby holes in the car, they were a bit funky but went down OK.

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