Saturday, January 2, 2016

A New Years Day Tradition Continued. 2016


Yesterday a group of us known as the 'Crew" got together for a New Years Day tradition of fishing a small stream. We have been doing this since 2011. Myself, Pete, Kirk, John, Mark, and this year we invited Rowan to joins us for the kick-off. In years past the weather has been tough, but this year it was angler friendly, and that was most appreciated.

We all walked in together and soon split up. The stream was full of water and I knew the fish would be about, all that was necessary was finding them and getting them to eat.


I found this nice run with a slight riffle. The fly was put into service and it was soon bumped.

My first fish of 2016. This spunky, healthy brookie was a joy this day. In that run I hooked a few others.





Another beautiful brook trout. These fish were well fed and healthy, a tribute to the pristine habitat, and those who care for it.


We stopped for lunch. The menu was hot chicken soup, baked beans, hot dogs, venison jerky, donuts, cookies, coffee, soda, and water.


My last fish of the day...a very dark colored jewel...wild and strong.


The afternoon took us to the stream by the red barn, which was decked out in it's holiday finest. It was in that little stream that Kirk managed to hook one of the biggest brook trout to ever come from that stream. I will do a post on that achievement soon.

It was a good day to be out with you gents....

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  1. It was good to be out with the whole "Crew". Time on the water shared with friends is time well spent and good for the soul. Awesome start to the New Year.

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete it truly was a good feeling being out on day 1....on the board in '16

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  2. Hey Brk Trt, what a way to welcome in the new year, past present & future with great food & friends.
    It looks like a great time. So many times we forget the simplest things in life as time goes by, but it looks to me you enjoying every moment.
    Bring on 2016!!

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    1. DRYFLYGUY
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      Phil days as such are few, but when they happen the memories are forever.

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  3. I enjoyed the day very much, thank you for allowing me into the crew!

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan it was our pleasure. Your love of small streams and wild trout will keep you on the next 'crew" meetup.

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  4. Another fishy News Year Day. Good job guys.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark it's always good to see and take part in a New Years Day.

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  5. Now that's what I call heartwarming! A very Happy New Year to the Crew!

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard the "crew" appreciates your comment.

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  6. So much fun to have a New Years tradition to fish each year! Those small brookies are my favorite of that species. They have so much color when they are smaller. =) Have a great 2016, Alan!

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    1. The River Damsel
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      Emily you are so right about those little brookies
      The best to you in 2016

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    1. Lester Kish
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      Lester you should see the home style suspension bridge that crosses the stream. It's all lit up in Christmas lights.

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  8. wow! beautiful little barn! hoping you have many more 'angler friendly' outings to come - crew or no crew. :)

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I know how much you enjoy barns and such. Angler friendly is good.

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  9. Beautiful stream,amazing Brookies,and great friends to enjoy it with. A man cannot ask for more. By the way it looks like the fisherman were well fed also, that's a great menu. Thanks for sharing,alan

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad days like these are wonderful and so appreciated.
      I don't think anyone was left wanting more.

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  10. Yes it was! Here's to lots more in 2016

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    1. Mark
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      Hopefully we'll enjoy many such outings.
      It's going to get cold, but perhaps for a short while.

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  11. I ;ove your neck of the woods Alan.

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    1. thedeadfisher,
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      It sure is pretty my friend.

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  12. Glad to see you & the crew keeping the tradition going. Appeared to be a wonderful success.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike it was enjoyable, and the fish were a plus.

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  13. Had a blast fishing with everyone! Great food as usual. I'm putting together a trip to my home stream for the crew this winter. Details to follow. Hoping everyone has a great year on and off the water.

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    1. Apache Trout
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      John a nice day indeed. Lets hear about your plan.

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  14. Donuts, coffee but no hard liquor?

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    1. ssj
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      We're trying to get the youths involved...maybe some root beer?

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  15. Great way to kick off 2016 Alan! Thanks for sharing your time with the CREW. May you and the the CREW be blessed with many more walks in the woods to bring these beautiful fish to hand! HAPPY NEW YEAR , to you and the crew!

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    1. John Wirtes
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      John it was a fine opening of the New Year...the trout helped us out which made it nicer.
      Happy New Year buddy.

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  16. What a great way to usher in the New Year. Good friends, a beautiful stream, and its special inhabitants. Well done, men. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam we could not have asked for more. By the way Mark took a beautiful brookie on a Parachute Adams.

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  17. Looks like an absolute blast! Happy new year!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it sure was. Happy New Year buddy.

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  18. Looks to be a very nice outing, Alan. It's good to have traditions like this with friends. It can be hard to get together with friends on random occasions, but if you have something that you've been doing for years like this, it's hard not to make the time to get there.

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