Saturday, November 21, 2015

A few of my favorite things...

A few of my favorite things.....rock walls, hemlocks, riffles, and brook trout. I found all of these on a recent outing to a small stream that was full of bright clean cold water. This day was to be such that I could do no wrong. The flies were hitting the water and not the trees, and the brookies were hungry and willing to tear up a few of my offerings. A New England rock wall it is broken down in places but still maintains that rustic beauty that I love.



Riffles, pools and runs....hemlocks standing like sentries.


A Hares Ear soft hackle drifting through the current was to much for this awesome wild jewel to pass on.


Tumbling and crashing. I have fished this section on every trip to this stream. The only thing yielded has been branches floating down in the current. This day it gave up five of its residents.


A high floating stimulator was the ticket. Better days on the stream...I think not.



29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous natives. That is a particularly stunning small stream!

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan that they are. The stream is a gem, and at times can frustrate the heck out of you.

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  2. Well done! Nothing wrong with the fish but the 2nd shot is awesome!

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    1. Drew LooknFishy
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      I do agree my friend.

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  3. I wholeheartedly agree Alan. And I need to add Small Stream Reflections to my list.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I thought that I was already on it....the right list that is.

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    2. You've always been on my list Alan. I pushed publish before I was done and now I forgot what I was going to say. Old age makes me grumpy.

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    3. Howard I have several of those moments in the course of the day.

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  4. Looks like a truly fantastic outing. Enjoy it!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it was, and again I was taught a lesson.

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  5. Oooh, Alan, I saw some great looking water there that I would love to have the opportunity to fish. Oxygenated water means beautiful trout when they want to be aggressive...............................

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    1. Gramps Mel
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      Mel the stream when it's pushing water is a wonderful sight. And when a trout "whacks" your fly it's even better.

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  6. Nice!! We always can learn a lesson Al. Education never gets old!! Gorgeous photos as always.

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete those lessons learned on the stream are the best.

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  7. Those little streams you fish are awesome.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark they are the same, but yet different. I'm always guessing.

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  8. The dark orange on that first little guy is stunning. The last one is gorgeous as well. That is simply a perfect small stream...I love the feeling you get when you're on a picturesque stream like that. Hemlocks are awesome.

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    1. RI brook trout
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      Jonathan they were dressed to the max. The stream was in almost perfect condition.

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  9. Alan
    I always try to connect with the scenery around me when I am fishing; yes it is the added bonus that makes a trip special. Do you ever use a 7 to 7 1/2 ft. fly rod on any of the streams you fish? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill for years I have used an Orvis rod that was 7ft for a 5wt line. I sill use it from time to time.

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  10. Alan - broken tumbling water, hemlocks, rock walls,.and brook trout certainly describe the best of small stream fishing in New England!

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    1. Mark
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      Mark and we have waited a long while to get the streams tumbling.....all's well in "Brook Trout Forest"

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  11. That is a beautiful stream as are its resident brook trout. Glad to hear all is well in Brook Trout Forest!
    Best Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam when all is well in brook trout forest, all is well everywhere.

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    2. That is for sure, Alan! Like you, I love those little gems of trout and the places they live in.

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  12. so beautiful. thanks for sharing your joys.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa it is my pleasure to share with you good folks.

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  13. I am really envious of the waters you have around you. How far away is this place from your home? There are no creeks or rivers that look like that near my home. I have to travel quite a distance to get to them. Those scenic shots of the stream just call to me. I would be a happy camper to just hike along those streams and not even wet a line. Beautiful!

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    1. Justin Carfagnini
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      Justin most streams I fish are 45 minutes or less from where I live. I to am very happy to just be out there.

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