|A reflection of the start of a day in "Brook Trout Forest"|
A day to pay a visit to brook trout forest, such was a day yesterday. I had not fished this stream since last spring and over the year I was surprised it had not changed which is very unusual because small streams take a beating from times of high water as well as the winds that thin out the bad limbs of trees. The day was overcast with periods of light rain. The water had a light stain to it probably from the decaying hemlocks of years past. The water flows over large rocks and several low boggy areas which are almost impossible to fish, "might be some interesting trout in those places", but that will be for another time.
The fly I used to start was the fly I finished with on my last outing. This fly was the only fly I used all day other than a streamer I worked in a big pool. While I could see no rises I did notice an awful lot of midges about including several that swarmed my face.
The trout were striking the fly just at the edge of the broken water in that soft seam. The strikes were very fast and hard.
A lovely brook trout. As you can see his color is dark and a beautiful amber tail. Most of the brookies caught were of the same coloration.
This is pretty much how this stream meandered through the forest. There were a few tricky places where care was needed when walking.
It is pools like this that prove to be very interesting. The fly worked through went untouched, "there has to be a brookie in there"...will see on the way back I said to myself.
That's why I always listen to myself. This fellow was lying in that pool. He took the fly and was not giving up. My little glass 3wt had its hands full keeping the fish from going into places where I knew I would loose him. When he finally came to hand his colors were different than the other brookies taken from this stream. A lovey blue color highlighted its flanks.
As I finish my morning cup of Nantucket I glance out the window to see rain falling. I feel good for I know that all is well in Brook Trout Forest.