|Small Stream Reflections|
The page of the calendar changed Friday, September moved in and the last day of summer was placed back in the memory column. With the change in months there also came a feeling of joy for the up coming season. Autumn is without a question the finest season for the angler, especially the small stream angler. It is a time of cool days and colored leaves. A time of shorter days and flannel shirts. It is when brook trout start moving to their spawning grounds and are their most colorful. These are my days folks.
I spent the first day of September here, a beloved brook trout stream. You can see the reflections of a changing scene in the slick pools. These are what small stream angling is about.
This is a favorite pool, it will bring a strike almost all of the time, that strike coming from anywhere along its course. This day was no different except for the trout that took the fly.
Instead of the usual brookie that I hook here I tangled with this very strong brown. She took a bomber and used every inch and obstruction in that pool to gain her freedom. The Cane and Silk fiberglass 2weight did its job and she was at hand. I observed how dark she was and how well conditioned she was. A quick photo and back in the water she was.
September 1st was a fine day and a great start to that "Glorious Season" that is near.