Friday, December 1, 2017

A Reunion Of Sorts

Yesterday morning after several months I finally hooked up with an old fishing buddy. Kirk and I had chosen to fish a stream that holds wild brookies and has fished well for us and others. An issue was pressing me and I wanted to see if my thoughts on this issue would come true. I'll tell you the issue was "could Kirk still fly fish for native brookies with a small fly rod and the tactics needed to fish"...Kirk has been in another world, a world that included fly fishing for salt water monsters such as Albies, Stripers, and bluefish. Could he go from a 9wt to a 3wt? Yes he could and he did. Congrats Kirk on coming to your senses.



We started fishing and continued to fish for several hours. My only success was to have a fish rise to a bomber, I said fish not a trout for I did not see it. I think Kirk had several strikes but nothing to hand. Sounds like a lost day, not so. The beauty of fishing this stream is the fact that close by is a small country store that has one of the best cup of coffee in the state of Connecticut. And even if there were no fish, there was still that wonderful cup of coffee. After our break we headed to another stream. We had about an hour left and tried to get fish to hand. One of my most reliable winter patterns was called on "pinkie" as it's called was put into play. It did not take long and the first fish of the day was at hand. I managed one more and Kirk had on a beautiful colored brookie that was a bit tricky and threw the hook.


"pinkie" strikes again...a complex and difficult fly to tie but well worth it.


A day that had a little of everything......that's fishing in "brook trout forest"







19 comments:

  1. Would love to see a photo of the fly!

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    1. Fred NJ
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      Fred my next post will feature "pinkie"

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    2. Thanks, Alan. Just saw it. This will certainly go into my small stream, brook trout, winter rotation. I like how it's highly visible so you could fish it "naked" in the right water.

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  2. Alan
    Good stuff. Glad to see Kirk out there too!. Photos are gorgeous.

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete your up next...hopefully soon buddy.

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    2. Yes I am. Working on that, hope to be out with you soon.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard yes I am, and I thank God I am able to enjoy.

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  4. Beautiful little stream, Alan. It looks like one of the smaller ones that you fish, but I could be wrong. If I wasn't a follower of your blog site, I would look at that stream and figure no brook trout in there, but I would be wrong. Just beautiful.

    Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam you are well aware that brook trout can live in the tiniest of streams, the one close to your house as an example. A few requirements, cold clean water, and some bugs.
      The stream above has some of the prettiest brookies I've ever seen.

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    2. Alan, I haven't seen the spawners in that little rivulet I have told you about. I might have missed them this year. That little stream is really tiny, but must be spring-fed because it never dries up and serves a good purpose in the fall.

      Sam

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  5. Alan
    Beautiful stream; clear banks I assume would mean staying out of sight of the trout, or casting up stream from the trout??? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill clear water make for some very skittish trout. Low and slow is the way to go, or fish the riffles and plunges.

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  6. Very nice trip report and I'm looking forward to the "pinkie" tie.....

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    1. Doug Korn,Fly Tyer
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      Doug it's up next.

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  7. Alan - Having a little fun with Kirk I see! I see the cold weather is bringing him back to his senses!

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    1. Mark Wittman
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      Mark the salt is hopefully out of his system, and now he can enjoy "real" fishing.

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