A few days after "Phil" said we were to have an early Spring it seems that Winter took offense and hit us with snow, and looking out my window it's snowing again. Although the snow may put a hold on the fishing it's sure to put some water into the coffers for later use. Last Thursday two days after groundhog day I took the opportunity to get out and fish. The weather was so beautiful I thought it was April. The forest was barren of snow and the stream was as good as it gets. This stream is never really "ripping" and I knew that the brook trout would have no fear and would be looking for food.
I always fish the lower end of this stream, mainly because the access is so welcoming. But this day I chose to work the upper reaches and see what it was like. Aside from the laurel thickets it was not to bad. I was wearing hiking boots so access to some of the pools was a challenge.
The brookies seemed to be holding right at the base of the stones in the plunges. Your fly would be swept under and sometimes when you pulled it up there was a brookie on it.
A gorgeous brook trout. This fish had such an awesome rust color to it, and that tail was so beautiful. I'm going to have a print made of it and put it on my tying desk.
I walked further upstream, each pool and run looked more inviting than the last.
Most of the brookies caught today were as this one. This little hen shall be part of next years egg layers...my goodness what beautiful offspring!
I did not make the top of this stream, perhaps next time out in "Brook Trout Forest"