Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wild Brook Trout, Bombers and Buggers

Today the Connecticut trout season closes for a few weeks, and most of the small streams will be off line for about six weeks. Trout fishing will be available at the Class 1 wild trout streams as well as the TMA's.
Sunday was the final outing on a small brook trout stream for Kirk and I. The stream was in top form as was the weather. With such conditions at the end of February the thought was "who needs to catch fish on such a beautiful day" and that held for sometime. To say the trout were not playing along would be understating a bit. It was slow and the first bump took sometime. The brookie that did that was about the size of the fly I was using




Fortunately that did not remain the case. And soon I was able to get a fish to chase a mini-bugger, and not once but twice before he withdrew to the confines of some pretty big rocks.

The third chase of said mini-bugger was the charm. A fine friend was at hand. Impressive tail......


Kirk trying to get a fish on the line. A beautiful bright day which makes for poor camo.


Later in the morning the brookies were looking up and I managed to take a few on "Bombers".
Signs of Spring were about.




This has got to be the most beautiful brook trout of the year. A true "wild jewel".......thanks.



27 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun Alan. Man, that "wild jewel" as you called it is truly a gorgeous wild trout! WOW! Out of curiosity, what color are the mini buggers you were fishing? Bead head or no?
    Be well
    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will the colors I used were white, and a gray. They both were tied with a bead in size 12

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  2. That last one is remarkable. So fat too!

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan I believe he just finished a crawdad on another brookie.

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  3. Beautiful fish...wonder what's was in the belly?

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    1. Brad From Potter
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      I think it may have been another brookie, or two.

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    2. Several years ago a guy showed me a photo of a brookie that he killed that had a raccoon's foot in it's belly!

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  4. Alan
    Frame it-----is all I can say and enjoy that beautiful brook trout for years to come, the colors on that fat brook trout are amazing!!!
    P.S. Why does the trout season close for a couple of weeks during the year in Connecticut? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill for this time of year he was colored up nicely. Bill I believe they close the season to eliminate some of the poaching that go's on while they stock trout. Also it gives those who hold an official opening day of trout season as tradition to continue.

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  5. Great stuff as always Alan. Our trout fishing season here starts 3rd of March, closed since end of September! With some luck I will be on the water this Sunday. Weather is looking not too great, it's coming from the North for the rest of this week so mostly dry. Our rivers are spate rivers so very susceptible to rain and we get a lot of it.Fingers crossed.

    John.

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    1. Grannom
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      John I hope your 1st day out will be productive. After such a long break I bet your excited. Fingers crossed here for you.

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  6. Last photo just stunning colors!! The first one has a huge paddle of a tail too!!Good Job Gents!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete with those colors I though we were in November.

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  7. beautiful. enjoyed your photos.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa it's getting nice to see those subtle changes of an early Spring.

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  8. I should just cut and paste Bill's comment. Please explain your seasons Alan. Here in Colorado there are no seasons. We can fish year around.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      The general trout season closes the last day of February and reopens on the 2nd Saturday of April, for reasons I explained in Bill post. We have various classes of wild trout streams, and the class 1's do not close. There is no stocked trout in these waters only wild fish. They have special regulations such as strict catch and release, artificials only...lures and flies, with single barbless hooks. Also Trout Management Areas (TMA) which fall under similar regulations.

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  9. Wow the tail on that little guy is really impressive! Beautiful.

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    1. Klags
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      Adam he was a powerful fish, and in that small stream a handful.

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  10. That last brookie is a beauty, Alan, and pretty plump to boot. Good sized tail on the one above too. What a great little stream that supports brook trout.

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam they both were exceptions for that stream.

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  11. Beautiful stream, Evan more beautiful brook trout, I do not think that last photo could ever be improved on. That's a photo for the ages.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad it would be a task to try to improve on that last fish. But as you well know there those times when it may just happen.

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  12. Alan
    Am I too late for the party?
    Excellent pics as usual, especially that last one.
    Is that a jack-in-the-pulpit sprouting?

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    1. thedeadfisher
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      John your never to late.
      Jack in the Pulpit is correct. I saw several.

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  13. That last brook trout is absolutely stunning! Wow!! Does the season close for the spawn? I'm not familiar with brook trout.

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