Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Small Stream, and A Wonderful Day

With the closing of some of the streams I frequent, choices now are limited. I chose to fish this section, one that has not been favorable to me in some years. With the last few years, summers have been dry and I think it's had an effect on the trout. Well this day this section was going to get a through going over to find out what's in there.

As I crossed the field to access the stream I saw something quite out of place, "a rabbit flying". A hawk had the struggling rabbit clutched tight in its talons. I followed the hawks flight to the point where it landed in a tree. There was a second or two of activity and my thought was the rabbit had been dispatched. I took a few steps over to the tree and the hawk did not want company and took flight with the rabbit with him to a sanctuary where I could no longer see.


The stream was as I remembered, changes were in a few of the runs and the heavy wood jams that occur in winter. The one constant was the fact that the briars were as thick as ever. You know the thorns hurt like heck. I selected several flies I would fish this day, dries, wets, and a bugger or two.


Yes the blood is worth giving for the wild trout who live here.


I had taken a few brook trout over the few hours of fishing. I had a good feeling about the streams recovery, for that was more then I had caught in the last two years combined. This pool is a favorite. Over the years it has given up some beautiful brook trout in all times of the year. I cast the fly, the Bomber to be exact. As the fly drifted to the half-way point a good size fish rose and missed. I could feel that the steel had poked him so my hopes of him repeating were not good. Several more casts and the thought was realized. I changed flies and again cast to the fish I believed was still there. As the white marabou did its seductive dance the fish struck and struck hard. I knew it was a good fish for he took me into every possible wood jam he could. The glass rod worked him out of his plan so his next trick was to shoot upstream and he did that with impressive speed.


Finally the brook trout which had fought so hard was at streams edge. As I reached in the water to slide my hand under his belly I soon realized he was not done. That fellow ran up and down several more times before I calmed him down.


I could not pick him up and decided to just photograph him in the stream. It was a great day and to see that the stream had rebounded was the frosting on the cake.





20 comments:

  1. You paid your dues and were rewarded. What a gorgeous colored brookie!!!Way to go Al!!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete I'd pay those dues any day.

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    1. ssj
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      Beautiful subjects helped.

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  3. That's a beauty Alan. How far from home?

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard 25 minutes.

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  4. Well done Alan! It's going down through there for sure.

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    1. Mark
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      Mark I'll try the "outback" next.

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  5. Those briars bite plenty when you get into them, that is for sure. A beautiful, plump brook trout was a nice reward though. I am glad this place paid off for you, Alan.

    Best Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam some of the briars seem to have barbs, and really mess you up. All worth it though.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright
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      For sure Jim.

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  7. Good day! As always, your images are spectacular. If I may ask, what camera do you carry? Or do you use a phone/camera. Thanks.

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    1. Bill/Tully
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      Bill I carry a Nikon L820. It has always served me well.

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  8. Sounds like a great trip afield Alan! Great to see a stream on the rebound!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it was good to see that brookie. I fished that same stream today and did not achieve the same results.

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  9. Hello Alan, please tel me what kind of fly is this samples here in this photo? Thank you

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando it's a small wooly bugger. Hook a Mustad 9671 #12...Tail small white marabou...Rib, fine silver wire...Body bleached ginger squirrel....Collar cream soft-hackle hen.

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  10. Alan
    Nice size brook for that stream; thick brush on the banks had you earning that earning that one. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill I did surely earn it...it was fun though.

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