Monday, August 22, 2016

A Fine Day In August

It's been quite sometime now that I have enjoyed such a day fishing for wild brook trout. Yesterday was one of those days that was so frustrating and so rewarding, a day not to be forgotten. The stream chosen is one of those that features spring seeps along it's length, these springs push up cold water to the tune of 58 degrees, and with pretty good volume I might add. The bottom covers most everything from fine to medium cobble, with the larger boulder here and there. Blow downs and wood jams aplenty as well as some grasses that grow in stream. The stream runs through some woods consisting of hardwoods and conifers. The banks in places are a nightmare, but they do protect the streams inhabitants. The brook trout that live here are what I would describe as insanely skittish. One wrong step and all that you'll see is flying darts, when this happens move on to the next pool or run.



The day was cloudy to partly sunny. The air thick with humidity, with that feel of a downpour at any time. You would think that the fish would be holding, well they were holding almost everywhere.


These brook trout are healthy and strong.


The stream side....beautiful to look at but a disaster to navigate through.


The males seem to starting their fall colors.


I have a variety of flies deposited along runs like this.


I fished my TQR rod this day. It's a 5' 2wt. It was perfect for this stream.


This was without question the most colorful brookie of the day. It looked like a torch coming through the grass.


With pronounced colors as these what will October bring.


This fly brought more strikes, as well as a few to hand than any fly used that day. It's a soft-hackle dry fly. I have a few in my box and use them from time to time. They are similar to a fly known as a "Cinberg". I tie them with a light body as well as a brown body.


They approved.





Also represented this day was the "Hornberg"...fished dry and pulled under it brought some violent strikes.


On my way out I met a couple of farmers haying this field. The stream flows close by and gaining access through here would be so kind. In talking to them they informed me that they were not the landowner but instructed me as to who it was. I will pay him a visit and hope to gain permission to fish on his land.



35 comments:

  1. Beautiful Photos of the landscape and the Brook trout are outstanding.

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete the place is different for sure, I mean the stream. Special tactics required. Beautiful wild jewels for sure.

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  2. That looks like one hell of a place to navigate through and fish Brk but that must magnify the feeling of catching such jewels. The 'fire trout' is simply stunning my good man.

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    1. John Wooldridge
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      John I'm still counting the briar cuts. That orange bellied fellow was special.

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  3. Feels great to see that you were able to hook and land so many super healthy brookies Alan. What colors! Hopefully the recent rains have helped the streams as well...

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will the stream is in great shape and you see the results. The rain we had here was good and the freestone streams should benefit.

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  4. One would wonder if the "Fall" coloration is an indication of an early winter.

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    1. Mark Kautz-Shoreman
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      Mark you just may have something there. Nature shows us the signs we just have to be observant.

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  5. Beautiful! The Hornberg is one of my favorite flies that I turn to a lot !

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    1. Michael Carl
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      Mike the Hornberg is one of the most effective flies ever. Most times when it's called on it produces.

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  6. I give you a lot of credit, Alan, navigating through all that brush to the stream. You sure earned those trout and I appreciate the beautiful pictures of them. With regard to fall spawning colors, I caught a few brookies on the Swift this weekend and they too were starting to color up already. Most beautiful trout on earth in my opinion. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam it was worth it, but I'll bet it's easier in the late fall after all the vegetation is down. Maybe it's a good sign, meaning cooler weather. I have to get up to the Swift and try for some of those brookies.

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    2. The Swift has been a life saver this dry summer for sure. I fish the unpopular area of the river and mostly have it to myself. I would be happy to share that information with you, or even show you if you ever want to hit it. Regards, Sam

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    3. Sam thanks for the invite. It's good to know someone who knows the river.

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  7. Those "Male" Brookies are sure colored up beautiful in those pictures. Amazing what a small stream produces in quality, let alone, quantity. Thanks for taking me along on this trip.

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    1. Grandpa Mel
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      Mel that stream is a gem. I along with Rowan believe there are some big guys further upstream. We shall see.

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  8. seems you had a great time, lovely fish & lovely photos.
    Regards
    George @ Flee & Float

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    1. George
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      George a super time.
      George when I post a comment on your blog it never shows. Do you recieve them?

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    2. My Apologies...for some reason when you posted I wasnt informed by email that your posts were awaiting moderation, Ive now went in manually after seeing this post and published them, I will check on a regular basis incase it happens again :)

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  9. Alan - very nice! Those are some healthy brook trout. Hope you got out today, what a lovely relief from the heat and humidity

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    1. Mark Wittman
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      Mark the fish were in great shape for such a nasty month weather wise. I did go out today, but to Lyman Orchard, they have a great bakery.

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  10. Good to see that stream produced for you! It is in fine form right now.

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan it was good that day. Hopefully nature will provide some more rain.

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  11. love the 2nd photo... and your clear streams!

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa it's a pretty spot.

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  12. Alan, I give you an enormous amount of credit for taking on a a narly place like that, I know why you you took the little five footer. Do you use a three wit. Line on that rod ? I have often thought of purchasing that very rod for conditions like that. The trout are beautiful, i would say that was a very successful day considering the conditions we have been under, to heat and low water. Thanks for post , reminds me what they look like and what I have been missing.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad, trout fishing has been slow, weather being the main reason. So the hassle of stream growth was put up with. Brad I actually have a 2wt line on it. Reason is I had bought the line at one of those year end close outs at Orvis. It casts just fine.

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  13. Alan, you're making me hungry for a visit to my known brookie run. I'm hoping the weeds (especially the wild parsnip) have died back a bit for the short hike in.

    Another excellent collection of "jewels," as someone else called them. I'm struck by the colors of the second fish, with yellow spots leaning into orange.

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    1. Fading Angler
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      Chris, get them brookies. It's alright to bleed a little for them.
      That fish was very pretty.

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  14. Beautiful brookies, I've fished the Hornberg before and it does produce some violent strikes

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    1. ben
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      Ben there seems to be a following here of Hornberg fishers. The fly has magic.

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