Monday, May 22, 2017

C'mon Take A Walk With Me

On a recent visit to a small stream that flows through "brook trout forest" I had the pleasure of seeing just how resilient the brook trout really are. The stream is a freestone similar to so many here in Connecticut. It's origin is typical in that it starts as a series of springs that put volume into it as it moves to it's destination. The area it moves through is mostly wooded with a meadow or two in the mix. Jeanette and I walked the trails nearby last fall, the stream was gone....a puddle here a slight riffle there. The only benefit was the deep shade the forest provided. Again nature had healed this stream and left some of it's residents in remarkably good shape.

So come take a walk with me and I'll show you some of the wonderful things in "brook trout forest"...


One of the pleasures of the small stream are the pockets and plunges.


Your fly as it dances upon the foam and bubbles will be attacked with vigor. And you'll soon hold these wild dark creatures.


You scope out the stream...a brookie might be holding anywhere.


Wonderfully cold water...46 degrees.


I love to drop a fly in places like this. Most times I'll snag a branch, but there are times when a fish will rise to the fly.


What beautiful markings on this wild native.


Observe the flowers that abound...for they will soon be gone.


Some places are left unfished...but once in awhile you'll give it a shot.


"Oh yes"...


The lady hopes you enjoyed your time in "brook trout forest"














25 comments:

  1. Alan that's an awesome looking bit of water. Point blank, I'm always amazed at how brookies survive. Some streams seem to practically evaporate, especially last year. How they dont succumb to predation and what not in that situation, Ill never understand. But, I'm grateful for the resilience they show!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will I'm with you, the ability of these brookies to take all that's thrown at them at be able to come back, and most times stronger is remarkable.
      Thanks be to that.

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  2. Alan
    Another outstanding post!!! Your photos capture the beauty of the small stream, brook trout forest and of course the gorgeous wild brookies!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete as I have said before it's the subjects that allow for wonderful photos...I'm glad that I can bring them to you.

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  3. Looks like an outstanding stream. If I didn't have to be at work that is where I would be. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Chris "Kiwi" Kuhlow
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      Chris I bet you would jump at the opportunity.

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  4. Alan
    Amazing how a stream like this can come back after a drought stricken summer of last year----wondering if the springs decrease water output during a drought period? Another beautiful area!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill with the prolonged drought the ground water tends to dry up to. So the springs may have been providing some seepage it was not enough to keep a decent flow in the stream. The trout were fortunate and smart enough to find the ones that were still pushing water.

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    1. George
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      No argument on that from me.

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  6. Just beautiful. All of it, Alan. Where those brookies went to survive is beyond me. Resilient is an understatement.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam I'm impressed beyond words... they're just awesome.

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  7. Another one not yet gone. This is good. So far I have found one stream that is a casualty of the drought and shows little sign of coming back, but the next three years may very well tell a different story.

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan 3 years should tell the story. I have 3 more streams to check, I hope they are OK.

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  8. I love your photography so much! It really sets your blog apart from the rest. =) A month or two more and I will finally be able to get up to higher elevations where our brookies are. So much snow and runoff. I can't wait!

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    1. The River Damsel
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      Emily a month before you can access those high streams. Wow just how much snow is up there?

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  9. Great beauty in that forest and brooks..amazing how resilient nature is..

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    1. penbayman
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      Mike Ma Nature is a wonderful lady.

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  10. The walk is astoundingly beautiful.....
    The view of the water is rewarding..........
    Those Brookies are the color of serenity.

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    1. The Bluegill Bug
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      Mel, wonderful words my friend.

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  11. Somebody give me the Seneca name for "Walks-with-trout". We found him!

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph now you've done it...I'll be googleling all night trying to find the answer.

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  12. Way ahead of you.....

    "Tekathaahkwa Kata'e'sas Tyawe"

    Take a walk, grateful for Trout

    Probably crushed it grammatically.....but no offense intended. :)

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