Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A November Day

November days, one such day was yesterday. It was bleak with rain in the forecast. I chose to fish a stream that was close to home and did not know what I was going to find. The summer as well as early fall was lacking rainfall and some of the streams have suffered. After gearing up I walked to the stream and found it flowing like early spring. Lots of water. The fly in the batters box was a winged wet, it was there from my last outing. I tossed it out and after many casts I did not take a strike. I moved upstream fishing and enjoying the sights of the woods, and the wind blowing through the leafless trees. I changed flies, the bomber was called to duty. No love for that fly either. A look into the box and another wet fly was selected, a yellow mallard wing, and a gray body.



On the third cast I had a strike and a brookie came to hand.




I fished the stream to the old washed out dam, which is quite a walk. All along I continued to take hits, and a few more to hand. A light rain started to fall, and a chill was felt.
In this area where the large clump of instream wood had collected creating a bend in the streams flow and a perfect ambush point for a trout. The little yellow fly drifted just about to the end and a sudden swift strike took place...no hookup. I fished that fly several more times running it through everywhere I thought that fish was. I changed flies twice but the trout was put down. The rain continued lightly as I moved upstream. I knew my time was limited but until I felt the rain working through my jacket I was going to fish. Upstream proved to be slow and I said to myself it's time to head back. Before leaving I gave that wood clog another shot. I tied on a Royal Coachman streamer. Into the water it went, and the strike was fast and effective. A brook trout was on. Soon the fish was at hand. I don't know if it was the fish I had missed earlier, but it was indeed a fine wild trout.







22 comments:


  1. Good stuff Brk Trt!! I am glad you had a good outing!!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete considering the weather it was a great outing.

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  2. Alan, that is a gorgeous little stream. I love the hemlocks that line the banks, and as you say, where there are hemlocks, there are usually brook trout. Glad this was the case. It is great to see the stream running so well, and all that woody debris certainly provides some nice habitat. Nice looking brookie.

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    1. RI brook trout
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      Jonathan hemlocks are a key to good brookie fishing. In some states they're known as hemlock trout.
      Those instream shelters are an important part of wild trout.

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  3. Alan - wow that stream looks in great shape! Nice job taking a couple cracks at the log jam and finally connecting! Too bad the bomber didn't bring anything up but fish on dries in November when there is a good flow is usually a long shot.

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    1. Mark
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      Your right on trout not looking up in high water. The trout were holding close to the blowdowns.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa it took about a week. There are a few oaks still holding out.

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  5. You can tell she has done her job this fall! Spawned out and skinny....

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan hopefully the feed will increase and she will be fat and happy soon.

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  6. I love hiking a small stream on an overcast, rainy day. Definitely a beautiful looking piece of water....

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher
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      Jeff there is something soothing in a soft rain, coupled with the outdoors, man..........

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  7. Alan
    The woods there looks like the leaves are long gone for this year. One never knows what the trout will take on any given day; it seems you gave the brook trout a variety of choices that worked. Beautiful stream you were fishing. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill they are just memories now. I'm glad I was able to enjoy them at their peak. Selective brook trout, very rare.

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  8. I, actually, had a comment cued up to put here. Then I read through the other responses and realized that Bill had said quite nicely what I had written. So, what Bill said, Alan. Hope you had a wonderful Veterans Day!

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    1. Gramps Mel
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      Mel I'm glad I'm on the top of the earth this Veterans Day. Hope yours was nice.

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  9. Sounds like a good day, and, the stream is beautiful!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will I certainly did.

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  10. It's not like I don't have enough to do this time of year, and our stream trout season is closed, but now I kinda' wish it wasn't.

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    1. Al R.
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      Al, sorry about those stream closings. Visit here and I hope I'll be able to ease the discomfort.

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  11. Late to the party Alan but I'm pretty impressed. It seems like no matter what season, there's pretty water and even prettier fish to be had in your neck of the woods. Thanks.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard your never to late at this party. I'm fortunate indeed to be so close to some great fishing.

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