Monday, April 4, 2016

Is it April...My Last Outing.

April in Connecticut. This is the scene here in by back yard on Sunday morning. When I went to bed Saturday night all was well, the morning not so. After my first cup of Nantucket the shock seemed to lessen. Oh well on with Spring...snow again this morning.

The last time I fished was Thursday of last week, the last day of March. The weather was a balmy 65 and the sun at times was brilliant. I chose a stream in Massachusetts, one I have fished before only this time I drifted a bit further into new areas.


The stream is some what open and that makes for easier casting, the edges were a tad rugged with some pretty impressive boulders to deal with.


A typical pool. This one gave up a brook trout or two. There may have been more in there but the bright sun may have cautioned the others.


A scrappy fella..leaped like a salmon.


I came upon this old mill-factory...perhaps at one time the major employer of the region. I sat here and enjoyed a peanut butter cracker or two, and drifted back to that era when the mill workers did the same as they took a lunch break.


Another wild beauty. I noticed that a lot of these char are in great shape. Many of the males like this one will be spectacular come Autumn. This one also has the start of a awesome hook jaw.


Well it's going to be awhile before I can return here. So I'll place the fly back in the box and have another cup of coffee on this snowy Monday morning in April.



18 comments:

  1. Great Post!!! The photos capture the beauty of the area and the brookies!!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete is was nice last week. Today kind of snowy.

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  2. Alan
    Its looks like those brook trout made short order of that hackle pattern. Another gorgeous stream you were fishing there and the wild brook trout are always colorful. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill after a few of those brookies chew on the fly it thins it out a bit and the fly fishes better.

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  3. Stunning photographs Alan. I guess the only difference between here and there is the amount of snow.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I do enjoy a lovely snowfall in February but not April....to better days.

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  4. Alan
    Another amazing looking small stream. 4" of snow overnight and more coming all week here!

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    1. thedeadfisher
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      John I think winter is paying us back...so much for the groundhog.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I love places as that mill. Just thinking of the days when they were active, and those who worked there.

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  6. Great pictures and beautiful brookies, Alan. 5" of snow and cold to boot where I live today. Hopefully temps will moderate soon because I am not liking this too much, haha. I have more flies tied than I know what to do with and need to fish!

    Best, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam, April will come soon, and all will be forgotten. Five inches is a decent snowfall. To better days.

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  7. We have a few of those old mills on the trout streams I fish, they usually have fish nearby. I love fishing near or around them, I think it adds to the overall experience, a sort of reminder of the way things were. Alan what is the name of the soft hackle you were fishing?

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad it gives the angler something else to ponder while trying to catch a fish.
      Brad the fly has no name. It's tied reversed hackle emerger, tenkara style.

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  8. Looks like a reverse hackle "tenkara" fly.
    Right up my alley...and clearly the brookies' as well!

    Would love to see more photos of the mill the next time you're back on that stream.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike you are correct.
      That mill has some pretty interesting history. I'll do a post on it.

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  9. Beautiful pics and fish as usual.

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    1. Kevin Frank
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      Good to hear from you.

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