Wednesday, June 21, 2017

North Country Flies, They Are The Real Deal

The more I delve into these North Country Flies the more I'm liking them. These patterns were created centuries ago and my goodness they work. The simplicity in tying them is beyond words, like the commercial say's even a caveman could do it. The fly pictured is a Partridge and Blue, or sometimes Blue Partridge. Tied back in the 1800's. Blue silk body with sparse mole dubbing and partridge hackle. The colors don't suggest a natural insect, well yes it does. The insect is a sand spider, and they are often found in sandy sections of streams. The fly is best used in the months of April, May and June. Over the past few months I have fished the fly in various streams along sandy sections.

Places as this.

And just as the book said, the fly worked perfectly. The light colored brook trout, as they hang out in the sandy bottom. "Camo"

In this run as I worked that Blue Partridge along the bottom an ample amount of trout hit the fly.

I think those Yorkshire gents may have really figured it out. "Thanks"....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Brookies, Snow Balls, And The "Conover"

Yesterday was Father's Day and one of the nice things about this day is the fact that there's not much resistance from other parties to the thought of going fishing. Permission granted and I was out the door. I headed to a stream that has in the past been good to me in terms of fishing action. When I got there I found tumbling water and plenty of it. While gearing up I could already feel the humidity, that nasty clammy feeling. The clouds were hanging on but the forecast was for some sun to break out, which may not be helpful in terms of feeling good.

The mountain laurel is in full bloom, like snow in the mountains, and a prettier sight is not possible...well maybe.

This is the "well maybe"...wild brookie on a dry fly....a dry fly that would work very well today.

A typical Connecticut freestone stream. Lots of rocks to hop and dodge.

Behind some of those rocks hold fish like this one.

"The Conover" a Catskill fly that got a lot of attention. This fly was tied with ginger hackle, but now I have in my possession  the golden badger hackle this pattern requires. The dubbing is home-made.
There is a nice little story behind this fly... I'll tell you about that later.

I probably have caught 1000's of these fish and I never get tired of them....

I never get tired of views like this.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

One thing we all have in common.
Happy Fathers' Day.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A "Skater" They Can't Resist

The Neversink Skater, a fly I fell in love with the first time I saw one in the book "Land of Little Rivers". It was a pattern created by Mr. Ed Hewett. I try to tie it as close to the original pattern but it's not quite the same....but it works just fine. This is the second year that I have been fishing it and the more I learn about how to present it the better I get at fooling trout with it.

The last few outings I have fished this fly almost 100% of the is one of those outings.

This fly works well in riffled water and pools.

This wild jewel took the Skater in a glass clear sunlit was skated across the pool and he chased and struck it twice.

This is a prime place to work the Skater. As it neared the log jam the fish came straight up and nailed it.

Drifted along the edge, or the seams and then twitched it becomes something a trout can't resist.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Small Stream Journal 6-17, And The ADK Master

On an outing that happened last week, or there about I encountered some beautiful wild trout. These fish were willing to take a dry fly, and the ones that actually rose to the fly I was able to bring a pair to hand. The morning was gorgeous, sunny, not to warm, and a slight breeze. In these times I truly like a little wind for it keeps the insects at bay.

The fish were found in almost all areas of the stream, riffles, pools and along those fly stealing undercut banks. On this day only one fly was listed as MIA.

A wild brown, the first to come to hand. The photo really depicts what this blog is named for "Small Stream Reflections"....look how beautiful the trees, clouds and a bright blue sky are reflected in the water. Now say to yourself, wow what I could be enjoying.

In one of those little seams in the stream my fly was viciously ripped at. I was quick and a hookup was solid. The fish was strong and did not give up easily.

One of my better small stream browns of this year.

He was released to battle another day.

The Ausable Bomber was the fly that was responsible for the trout taken today.....thanks Fran.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Connecticut Brook Trout, Catskill Flies, And Thanks To A Massachusetts Fly Tyer

A few months ago a long time reader of SSR's sent me some beautiful Catskill style dry flies. "Parachute Adams" is the gent, and his name is Sam. These flies are an art form and are difficult to tie. I don't tie many of these and I'm so happy when someone ties them for me and generously sends them my way.

Well yesterday I took the box of flies and hit a favorite small stream. My day was a success.

A little stream, and my favorite area of a small stream..."riffles"

The first wild jewel to hand...taken on a Royal Wulff...these flies are built for broken water.

Another Wulff pattern. Broken water or slick pool, killer patterns...tied perfectly.

Such beautiful color variations on these brook trout.

Such beautiful coloration along the stream, and I might add sounds and smells.

Although I fished 3 patterns, the Royal Wulff was the top producer..peacock and red might have had something to do with that. Thanks, Sam.

I had a wonderful few hours on the stream. Here is a short video clip..I hope you'll enjoy it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

North Country, And The Pennsylvania Master

A North Country Spider, the Dalesman. It is in keeping with the tradition of those sparse wonderful flies of Yorkshire. A silk body, Pearsall's Claret, natural mole thorax, and a grouse hackle.
The "Dalesman"

"Big Jim"
Named for the legendary fly fisher and tyer James Leisenring of Pennsylvania. I think that we can thank Jim and is friend Pete Hidy for giving us the wet fly and flymph. Well wet flies have been around long before these gents, but their way of constructing them and fishing them have helped so many of us.

There is a wonderful article on Jim Leisenring and Pete Hidy in the Jan.-Feb. 2017 issue of American Angler.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Small Stream Journal, "The Outback" 6-4-17

"The Outback"..this is a kinder gentler version known as the "Fern Brook" section. I spent some time here a few days ago and found myself surrounded by unbelievable beauty. The ferns were such an intense green, and were slightly swaying in the soft breeze. As I moved to the stream I could almost hear a trout rise, slowly moving to the edge I gazed over the glassy surface looking for that rise, which was not to come, at least not at that time.

I moved along the stream fishing a dry fly. In certain pockets I managed to bring a trout to strike, and in a few of those pockets the strike lead to a hook-up.

While fishing I noticed some rises right along the bank. They were very splashy and being so close to the shore I thought the fish were taking ants...I was right.

Any place that featured woody debris seemed to be a hot spot. This run produced several hook-ups.

And some strong wild brown trout.

This guy was a "leaper" several high flying jumps in a attempt to free himself before coming to hand.

A fine day this was fishing "Fern Brook"...paid a visit to the tree we decorated for Christmas for the lovey wildlife in the area, good to see old friends.