Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter Wonderland In Brook Trout Forest

The day before Christmas eve we experienced a rain event which turned into an ice event. The icing while challenging to drivers and walkers also proved to be so very beautiful to those who were able to be outdoors. Christmas eve I was fortunate to be able to visit a small stream and to take advantage of one of natures most beautiful spectacles...like a carving from a block of ice the woods were turned into an ice wonderland.



Every where I looked the scene created by the ice seemed to be more enchanting than I can put into words. I took countless photos of the crystal landscape that was before me.


With all the beauty before me it seemed that fishing was not in the forefront...


But that all changed with with the wild brook trout that came to hand on the third cast of the day. The native was in prime condition.


The fish seemed to everywhere, including the runs and riffles as well as the pools.


This guy came right at the head of the riffle...he was in about six inches of water. Notice the rod...it's a favorite of mine that I named my "band aid" rod.


The frozen guardian...the hemlock.


My last brookie of the day. Quick pic, and off he went.


A couple of photos of what I saw on my walk back to the car.


"Thank you"......















20 comments:

  1. Alan
    Natures beauty and bounty. Love the colors on the brookies.

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete the color variations on them is awesome.
      Some of the little red spots were like if someone used a fine point marker on them.

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  2. Beautiful all the way around.... What a great day to be out and about, catching some of the creeks little jewels. I enjoyed the photos very much.

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    1. Doug Korn, Fly Tyer
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      Doug it was so quiet out there you could hear the ice melting. I'm glad the fish cooperated.

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  3. beautiful mate you cant beat nature at its best

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  4. Surprising those little guys bite in the cold weather. And with no insects around to help fool them. Thanks for the great Blog.

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    1. MrKevinkins
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      Keven brook trout are always hungry. The trick is to find the right time to present your fly.

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  5. Thanks for the beautiful pics, Alan! It's amazing how the icy fall colors mimic the brookies so well.

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    1. mike
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      Mike they do coordinate very well.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard winter can show some lovey forms of art...and then there's that ugly cold.

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  7. Alan
    Awesome beauty; I assume you dressed in layers---just curious what was the temp? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill layers are the way to go. I normally don't take stream temps in the winter, but if I were to guess it would be 38-40 degrees.

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  8. Alan, curious as to what the water temp. Was? You captured the beauty of winter at her best. I've hunted white tails in wheather like that. It's amazing how quiet it is. Thankyou.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad having re-read Bill's post I may have gotten mixed with yours, sorry about that. Bill the air temp was 35, and the water temp 38-40 approx.
      Sound carries well in cold temps, and when you hear nothing that says a lot.

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  9. Beautiful pictures, Alan. Well done making the most of winter fishing in New England. I was hoping to do some myself this week with left over vacation time, but it is too cold for my liking. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam the cold is not helping us. We have a NYD outing planned but after looking at the weather for that day the First Day fishing might be put on hold.

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  10. Old man Winter has us in his clutches now. Seven deg this AM and I'm close to the sound. Some indoor time may be indicated. I'm in the midst of restoring an HI Tonkin Queen and very much enjoying it.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John these are tough days, tried to grill some hot dogs last night and they froze before they cooked.
      That restoration is a great project for this cold snap.
      HI rods were in my past but mine were casting rods. I bought them at the local Western Auto if memory serves me.

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