Monday, January 18, 2016

A Walk-About..."Outback"


As I enjoy my first cup of coffee this morning I'm saying to myself "glad I was able to get out yesterday an fish", for it's windy and cold and snowing. Yesterday was a bleak day, typical January I guess. As I pulled off the paved road to park I had some thoughts on what I wanted to take place this day. Catching fish was one of them but not the only reason. I was here to check out the "outback" or maybe a better name would be the "upper outback". I was geared to walk some so I chose to leave the waders in the car and instead chose hiking boots, a lot more comfortable. I started walking in through the woods and found numerous little streams, they were all running scantly but so very clear. As I neared the stream I found it to be in fantastic shape and anticipation of a fine day came forward.

I had visited this section of stream only once, that coming in this past summer so I knew the area a bit but not much about the trout I had hoped would be there. I came to a nice run that held some deeper pockets and tossed out "pinkie" because that's what I had on from my last outing. I tie my "pinkies" without weight and that was not helping me to get the fly down. I changed to a bead-head fly and that was just what I needed, or should I say what the fish needed.

There were some surprisingly deep holes along this stretch.
And a few of them held willing trout.



My first fish of the day. A stunning wild brown. His orange spots so brilliant....wish I could have seen him in sunlight. And he was also very acrobatic.



The stream was very generous, giving many strikes, and some hookups.


These browns were very healthy as you can see....


Behind the boulder is a eddy with lots of swirling water. I had a nice fish on be it so briefly...I'll remember to hit that spot again.


This brown was some what pale in comparison to the others....the parr marks and adipose fin really stand out though.


A beautiful few hours..."a walk-about" in "brown trout forest".....




26 comments:


  1. WOW!!! A very productive walk about!! Gorgeous browns!! Well done there Brk Trt!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete it was like mining gold.

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  2. Conditions sure change quick don't they? Gotta get out and "make hay" while you can. Those are pretty fish on a fall-like winter day. I too fished yesterday, and waded through deep powdery snow. I'm looking forward to seeing some bare ground. It might be a while.

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    1. Lester Kish
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      Lester it's like someone left the freezer doors open. Deep snow can make walking tough, although very pretty. It's nice just getting out.

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  3. Good job Alan! I was hoping to get out today some but with the wind blowing and temperatures down below freezing it doesn't look too hopeful

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    1. Mark
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      Mark, brilliant sunshine is so deceiving. Things may moderate mid-week.

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  4. Beautiful fish, beautiful stream, beautiful outback. From my perspective there's nothing typical or bleak about your mid January day!

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    1. thedeadfisher
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      John when you put it that way it's not to bad.

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  5. Alan
    Fantastic stream, in fact one of the best looking ones you have shown all of us, so scenic. Did you try any dries at all? Still trying to figure out what the trout think the pickie is??? Enjoyed the post---by the way the high here today is 38 and that is cold for here.

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill it's a nice easy stream. No dries they wanted everything from the middle to the bottom.
      I don't know what the trout think but they like it especially in winter.
      A taste of winter is in Alabama.....

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  6. really nice. i know it's been a weird winter, but keep expecting some snow there...

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa, the weather guessers are predicting a nor'easter saturday..fun is.

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  7. Alan, those are some of the prettiest browns I have ever seen. Amazing how bright their orange spots are. Beautiful looking stream too, not being brush choked like one small stream I fish near home. That fact has to add to the fun. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam they were handsome. That first one truly special.
      The stream was a pleasure, and the brush chocked stream you speak of are getting tougher for me.

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    2. Same for me, Alan. I'll keep hitting them as long as I can though, same as you.

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  8. I don't think their is anything as beautiful as the brook trout you have showed us,but I have to say those are magnificent wild Browns. Mother Nature always does it better. I don't think I have seen better examples of wild Browns. You really have the best of both worlds.thanks for the trip.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad the brown trout although not native has been with us for a long time...sort of a "naturalized" resident. At certain times of the year their colors are hard to beat.

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  9. These fish really excel. Good to be reminded these seeds of color are there under the snow.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright
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      Jim, excel in so many ways at that.

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  10. It's nice to see some browns show up once in awhile. How nice to find such beauties close to home.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I have to keep it fresh. That stream has always been a good friend.

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  11. Alan, That Wild Brown is incredible! A perfect walkabout Alan. I'll take some snow however the noreaster can slow itself down a bit.
    Kurt

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    1. Brookie61
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      Kurt the snow will get us eventually. I do enjoy fishing in a light snow fall.

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  12. You are fortunate to have such great water nearby. Those brown trout are truly stunning!

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    1. David Knapp
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      Dave I know it and I'm grateful. That stream is but 20 minutes from home.

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  13. Those waters are so beautiful, and the fish you pull out of them are nothing short of stunning.

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