Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Cabin Creek" A November Day

Cabin Creek, this lovely little stream that flows through some very pretty scenery. The mix of hardwood and fir is so pleasing to the eye. I have not been fishing here in some time so I was anxious to see how it fared over the summer and early fall. The waters were flowing and although a good rainfall would help it seemed to be just fine. It did not take long for the first fish to pick me out and he was soon gone. I did not know if it was a brown or a brook trout for this stream has both.

With low water as this it's better to fish a dry fly, at least that's what I think. I chose a few that have always produced for me. Moving upstream I had some response to the fly with several rises and even a hookup but nothing to hand. I consider such a day as productive for there is so much more to this than catching a fish.


I came upon a stand of these little fir trees. They stood straight and strong. Their branches seemed almost perfect. Later this month Jeanette and I will come back to decorate this little tree. The ornaments will be pop corn, suet in various colors, and an assortment of nuts.


I know I said that fishing is not catching but a tug on the line would help. Coming upon a place like this told me there is a trout in here. The fly entered the water and the fish grabbed it. I was fortunate to bring him to hand.


A handsome wild brown...the only fish that came to hand, but what a treasure.


This small run produced two hook-ups but both were lost.


A wonderful day on Cabin Creek.









27 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures as always, Alan! gorgeous brown too, I don't think I have ever seen such vivid orange spots on a brown trout.

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    1. Bill Thomas
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      Bill I've taken several browns over the years with that bright orange in their spots, and all have come from that stream. Maybe it's the water?

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  2. What a beautiful small stream that contains both brook trout and browns. I am glad to see that it's flowing OK despite little rain. That wild brown is something else! Beautiful colors!

    Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam that stream has given up some nice brookies, although the browns dominate. Lately the upper section which was mostly browns has given the brook trout "a foot in the door" we'll see how that plays out.

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    2. I think the brookies will find a way. They are survivors as we both know. I caught a small brownie out of the Scantic River a week or so ago in Hampden, Mass. He looked good and was quite silvery, but with the characteristic orange spots lined up in a perfect row along its sides. A tough youngster that made its way this past summer. The barbless hook came out and he scampered off.

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    3. Sam that's good to hear. The Scantic flows into CT. I have never fished it though.

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  3. i love your plan to decorate the tree for wildlife and birds. :)

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I wish I had a trail cam. I would love to see who visits.

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  4. Awesome brown Alan!! Can't wait to see that tree decorated with gifts for the wildlife! Great Idea!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I'll post a photo.

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  5. Beautiful Alan and I love your idea of decorating a tree!

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard it's good to give a little back.

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  6. very nice ! a good looking brown .

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    1. Ring
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      That brown was in good shape considering the summer we had. It's good to see that.

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  7. A beautiful little run and very pretty brown trout.
    When you decorate that fir tree, pause for a moment, you may hear all of us singing a Christmas carol with you. Do you have a favourite one? I personally like " God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".
    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    1. Steve Hynes
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      Steve singing a carol, such a nice idea. Your choice is a good one, perhaps others will offer one.

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  8. "Oh Christmas Tree" would be appropriate.

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  9. Alan, I hardly ever see a brown trout that is as dark as that one. The dark body made those bright orange spots just ring out. As others have said...great idea about the tree. You are truly a man who is at home in the woods.
    -Chuck

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    1. Chuck Coronato
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      Chuck they are a highlight.
      We enjoy doing that little extra for our friends.

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  10. A scenic walk through the Fall woods along a small stream like Cabin Creek, has many rewards, Alan. I like your concept of giving back by decorating the tree..........

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    1. Grandpa Mel
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      Mel places like that can refresh the mind and soul.
      The wild critters need our love.

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  11. A wonderful looking day on Cabin Creek, indeed. Looking forward to seeing how you decorate that tree. Your trees up in the NE are looking very very bare. Bet you could hear everything that moves with all of those leaves on the ground.

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    1. Justin Carf
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      Justin the tree hopefully will turn out OK.
      On a cold day it's like you could here a mouse walk through.

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  12. Wonderful little brown Mr. P! Sounds like a good outing. Salmo trutta is the only species to allude me so far this year.

    J. Fleming

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    1. elude**....that fish has me itching to get out bad enough I can't spell!

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    2. MrFishman80
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      Well J. Fleming you must get out there and catch Mr. salmo trutta. Have fun.

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