Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Chance At Some Small Stream Wild Brookies

Good morning folks, hope your enjoying your cup of morning "joe" as much as I am, I have Green Mountain Nantucket Blend and it's doing its job nicely. Here we are on the brink of July and still looking for some substantial rain to help put some flows into the streams. I have been fishing the Farmington as well as a few ponds to keep my casting arm in shape, but the urge to visit a small stream was to strong and I paid a visit to one yesterday. I was going to fish a stream in Massachusetts and from previous visits there I thought it would be holding water. My arrive time was around 6am and when I stepped out of the Honda I was very surprised at how cool the air felt. I had on a long sleeve shirt, but truthfully could have used a fleece jacket.

I got my sling pack and rod and headed to the stream. One of my first sights was the beauty of the laurel, it was still in bloom. Walking further I felt the pine needles underfoot, I said to myself "this is how man should feel when walking". The sound of water could be heard, and it was not faint.


The stream was visible now and looked to be in fine shape. I was going to wet wade today and stepped into the water to give it the "toe test", cold indeed.


I dropped my thermometer into the stream and it confirmed my toes reading...cold..the temp was 58 degrees. Wet wading would be kept to a minimum.
I fished the stream and found many willing brook trout. I was very excited about hooking a few, now if I could only bring one to hand. The fish were very lively and I fished a long time before I brought one to camera range. These fish were small 3-4 inches. I don't know if that's an issue with what they have for food, or a good crop of young fish. Hey brook trout fishing on a small stream is what I went for and so I was going to enjoy it.


I came upon several spots as this. Deep pools with a fast run of water flowing in. It's places like this that usually give up some bigger fish, and this one lived up to just that.


The fly twisted in the currents and the trout struck. I was soon putting my hand in the water and lifting this jewel up. Yes Alan there are bigger fish in this stream. A quick photo and a thank you and back she went. Well now my small stream fix is complete and thoughts are of ?????







18 comments:

  1. Very nice looking stream. Imagine how it would fish if there was a normal flow of water.

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    1. RKM
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      Kirk I believe that when it's running full the bigger fish will be more active. Now bring on the rain.

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  2. Alan
    The old saying "One fish can a trip"---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill the ability to cast a fly on such waters makes the day...the trout are a plus.

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    2. I think the waters in Colorado are starting to be fishable, now bring on the shade. Those trees should have made for some enjoyable fishing and if I wet wade soon I'll be more than happy. Such pretty water.

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    3. Howard Levett
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      Howard wet wading can be refreshing, and comfortable. That area has a few nice streams, and no anglers.

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  3. Looks like your neighboring State has some beautiful Brook Trout also. I would love to have an opportunity like that about now here in Northern Colorado. The Big Thompson River is still running high and dirty where I live. As you mentioned, have to look at the ponds for a bit longer. Thanks for sharing another nice trip with us!

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    1. Grandpa Mel
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      Mel Mass. does have some nice streams, and there not that far of a drive. Wow your rivers are still not fishable, and we are almost into July.

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  4. Perhaps I'll grow accustomed to them at some point, Alan, but the places you pull rookies from are astounding to me.

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    1. Fading Angler
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      Chris there are so many streams as such so close to me. I have my favorites and you can tell from my posts.

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  5. Big and little jewels for sure Alan. And the stream is awesome - what amazing boulder fields!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will those boulders impressed me also. The stream looks like flows from glaciers.

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  6. cool waters...what a concept... (from 95 degree texas)

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa don't think I care for that....I spent 2 years in San Antonio, but I was 20 and accepted it.

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  7. Glad to see the water remaining cold despite the drought, Alan. More rain around these parts would surely be welcome. Beautiful brookies and pictures, same as always.
    Best Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam rain is needed, and long term forecasts don't look good. Even tailwaters may take a hit if they decide to cut flows. Do you know a good rain dance.

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  8. Once again an excellent post. Love the flowers in the beginning. Mountain Laurel??? nice job!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete mountain laurel it is.

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