Clean cold highly oxygenated water is an absolute if we are to have a vibrant healthy wild brook trout fishery. The photo shows just what I mean. This stream located in Connecticut flows pure through wonderful hemlock and oak forest, along it's course it tumbles through a steep valley over some impressive boulders. It has been like this for decades and may it remain so for decades to come.
Kirk and I last Tuesday did some exploration. Four streams were chosen and we checked them all. We met at a stream we both are familiar with, choosing this for it was a good place for both of us, and we were than able to take just one vehicle. I walked up to the stream and cast a fly, one that had been tied on from my last outing. On the second cast I felt a jarring hit. The fish felt strong and he suddenly leaped and leaped again.
In a few moments I had an awesome wild one at hand. As I was removing the hook the brookie started to give up part of his morning breakfast. I was stunned at the amount of food that came out. Hundreds of small nymphs and larva. You can tell by the great condition of the fish that he knew how to find the food and that the streams health is such that it provides such nourishment.
On to the new streams. Of the four we checked this one was the most appealing. It is such a pretty stream and has those nooks and crannies that brook trout love. We did not catch a fish in this stream but come April I will give it a thorough checking out.