Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Salter Country"

This is the second post on the salter brook trout and their streams in southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod. This trip was taken in early November and in the period of 3 days we covered a lot of ground, saw some magnificent beauty both along the streams as well as in them. I was able to experience some of the finest brook trout fishing in New England in an area that is full of American history. Some of these streams are not to far from where the first settlers of the new world enjoyed the first Thanksgiving. While turkey may have been on the menu, I'll bet that a few salter brook trout were. I could probably do a post a week on this incredible fishing experience, but that would perhaps be a bore..so I'll give you a few days worth. Join me as I walk the trails, streams, deer paths of "salter country".



Parts of these streams look like gauntlets of thorns, willows, and grasses, places where an angler could not fish. In these places there are deer runs and access is quite good. Casting can be achieved if one thinks it out before letting go.


The brook trout in these streams are always hungry.


Snow flakes, perhaps stars, one only needs to use their imagination.


A Cape Cod wild jewel.


This is why streamer patterns are so effective on these streams. These are herring fry, they are starting their migration back to the sea. We saw thousands of these 2-4 inch fish moving down this fish way.


Those herring fry are why salter brook trout of this size are in these streams. This fellow was taken in tidewater and battled with the tenacity of our Pilgrim ancestors.


I worked these streams for several days. I got scratched, ripped a shirt, soaked several pairs of shoes and socks and fell numerous times, all this to avoid wading in the streams.


He was not the biggest fish I brought to hand, but the most beautiful.

There are so many people and organizations I would like to thank for the work they have and continue to do to restore, protect, maintain and monitor these wonderful fish and the streams they call call home. Instead of doing that I'll direct you to an organization that can. The "Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition".....there is a link at the bottom of this post.


30 comments:

  1. Alan, God bless you, my friend. Your posts are so rewarding to read and look at over a morning cup of coffee. "Salter" fishing sounds like a truly magnificent experience. I agree with you that the picture of the prettiest Brookie is stunning..........

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    1. I agree, Gramps Mel! Alan's web site is a gem. I get great enjoyment from looking at the beautiful photos as well. Those brookies are stunning this time of year, and I am pleased to see the salters variety doing well at this place.

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    2. Gramps Mel
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      Mel my friend it's my pleasure to join you over morning coffee...black, hot and strong I hope.

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    3. Parachute Adams
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      Sam brook trout are a joy to photograph and this time of year is spectacular.

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  2. Wow Alan, that last fish... what halos! I am grateful you have taken us for the ride with you to see and explore these areas - what an amazing place.
    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it's my pleasure. I wish everyone could experience these places.

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  3. As others have already said...those are some spectacular looking brookies! Just another jewel you guys are extremely lucky to have in your backyard.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher
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      Jeff the places and variety of streams is well documented here. I am truly blessed.

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  4. really is a beauty! love your fall scenes, too.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa the fall scenes are rapidly fading.....it was a good run though.

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      Rowan these beauties are special. You must fish here at some point.

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      Kirk you want to fish here?

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  7. Alan
    All the brush, thorns, and vines are all worth it to get to land those colorful brook trout. I believe the colors on the salt brooks are a bit more colorful as oppose to the native stream brook. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill I agree blood ,ripped jeans and wet socks are a small price to pay for such beauty.

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  8. Very beautiful. Nice "secret places"!

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    1. Taku
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      Taku yes it is truly beautiful in all aspects.

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  9. The beauty of the fish is even greater when you consider the challenge of the stream conditions.

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete the area is beautiful as are the trout. The camera need only point and shoot.

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    2. Yes I can see that as evidenced in this and your previous reports!!! Great job!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful, Alan. I've been making lots of trips to the Cape this year for chasing stripers and am going to have to take a detour next time to this stream.

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      The Cape is quite the striper destination. When we were there in September the canal parking area was full of bikes, and striper fisherman.

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  12. Alan, very nice! Beautiful photos. That last trout was particularly epic. Thanks for sharing.

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      Adam a fish like that can make the day so special.

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  13. I can only dream Alan. Thanks for this.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard as I do about the small streams of Colorado....one day.

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  14. Great story on your SALTER COUNTRY blog. I really enjoyed your photos Allen. Well done as always. I really like the photo of the herring fry schooling together on their trek to the sea. My brother Dan up in Maine, told me he was watching one of his favorite TV shows and your name and blog site was mentioned on it, how cool is that. Keep up the good work, you bring out the beauty of nature to many many people all over the country and the world!

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