Hemlocks, and laurel with a few hardwoods stand as sentinels on this misty cool late December morning. The little stream flows out of the hills of eastern Connecticut tumbling over rocks and boulders on a migration to a larger body somewhere. On this morning I walk along this stream in search of wild brook trout. Is it the only quest this day, not hardly for the finds are many and the rewards are great, the brook trout are the crowning glory though and this day was a grand one.
The waters were looking glass clear. I usually spook the little trout from their holding lies at the back of the pools but today there were few in these locations and I soon found them in the heads and just below the plunges. I can only guess as to why they were there but food had to be a reason.
The brook trout seemed to take the fly as I gently lifted it to the water surface. They were cold and beautiful as they lay in my hand.
The early winter landscape looks barren. Trees devoid of leaves and stream side vegetation gone. There is still beauty in such quiet surroundings.
This wild spirit of the stream was taken as a coyote looked on. He was a few yards away from me and looked on for a few seconds and bolted.
I came upon these lush green moss covered rocks. Quietly I sat here and enjoyed a cup of coffee from my thermos. The brew had cooled some but none the less it was welcomed.
My day was coming to a close and one of the last runs I fished I hooked a little surprise.
I have never taken a wild brown in this stream, but there he was. A handsome fellow. Look at his rear fin, look familiar?
This was a wonderful day.