Sunday, November 27, 2016

In The Valley, Was A Stream, And In That Stream Was.........

This was a day for exploring. A day where the sun was bright and the air crisp. Included in the mix was a strong gusty wind that did it's best to scrape the forest floor of it's fallen leaves and deposit them in the stream. Not a problem for it's all part of the small stream experience.

This area was new to me and I had an idea that there were brook trout present. As I walked along quietly my that idea was proven to be correct. Brookies would dart upstream and seem to disappear among the banks and drowned leaves that covered the stream bottom.


My plan was to spook the fish "which I do very well" wait for a little time and then present the fly as close to the bank as possible. Using this method I was able to coax a few brookies to take.


It's so nice when a "plan" comes together.


Some remnants of what used to be, perhaps a century ago.


In this little pool were three beautiful white finned brookies. They were holding in a staggered pattern through out, one at the head, one in the middle and one at the tail-out. I got into position upstream and let the fly drift, I figured one of the fish would take. As the fly drifted to almost the first trouts nose a sudden sprint form the last fish was observed and that brookie took it.


Unbelievable beauty....they are feeding heavily now in preparation for winter.


The "stream in the valley".










24 comments:

  1. Curious as to what your most preferred rod length(a) and weight(s) are for your close quarter combat? Beautiful blog and story telling by the way.

    Regards,

    JJM

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    1. Jomi
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      JJM, I fish with a 4'10" 2wt glass. I have used 5' and 6' rods in glass and graphite. Most are 3-4wt.

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    1. Mark Kautz-Shoreman
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      Mark I love taking you along.

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  3. Another outstanding post and beautiful photos to support your story. Nice Job Alan!!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I appreciate it buddy.

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  4. Beautiful photos, but the words tell the story so well. Thanks again Alan.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I try to fit the two together and sometimes it works out.

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  5. I'll tell you, Alan, after I started reading your blog site I don't look at small streams the same any more. I would never imagine brook trout being in that little creek, but sure enough they are. I'm starting to believe you can't rule out any small stream. Beautiful pictures as always.

    Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam I never overlook a stream. They are small but as long as the water is clean-cold there's a very good chance there are brook trout in them. A few of them can also hold a bigger one.

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  6. That looks like so many of the streams I've caught brookies in over the last few years in CT, ME, and NH. To think there was a time when I thought they could only live in rocky tumbling brooks with lots of plunges!

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan the beauty of small stream brook trout angling is the streams they are found in. Meandering low gradient to boisterous freestones. Especially New England.

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    1. becks and brown trout
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      I love that little stream....for many reasons.

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  8. Alan
    Glad I'm back to enjoy these kind of post!!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill it's good to have you back....always enjoy your comments.

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  9. This type of post is exactly what us ol' Geezers need to get us through the colder part of Winter. The brookies remain a beautiful sight to these old eyes and the view along the small streams you take us to is mesmerizing.....

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    1. Grandpa Mel
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      Mel hopefully this old guy can continue to provide these posts.
      I just got back from deer hunting and I am so sore.

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  10. Don't ya just love when a plan comes together! Good to read that game plan worked out for you. I may need to borrow that method, because, I'm pretty darn good at spooking fish.

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    1. Justin Carf
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      Justin, no one does it better "at spooking fish"....I earned a masters degree in just that.

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