Saturday, June 23, 2018

Small Woodland Streams, Pure Treasures

Here in Connecticut we are fortunate to have many acres of state owned land. These public areas will always remain pretty much the way we see them now, with the exception of what nature does and that's OK by me. On these lands are many miles of streams, some good size and some just tiny flows. Many of these blue lines have fish in them, and many have wild trout. With some exploration you should be able to find the ones that have the necessary cold water that's needed to sustain trout.

This past week I fished several of these small woodland streams and for the most part found what I was looking for. Some of the trout were very small, I mean fish that were 2-3 inches. It was a blast seeing these brook trout swiping the bomber, all of them unable to take the fly. But on a few streams and in certain pools I was able to bring a few larger brookies to hand.


Looking into this pool I could not see any trout, but once the fly hit the water the pool came to life. The little brookies sprang from the rocks trying to eat the fly.


One of the bigger natives in the pool.


Wild my friends, an added plus to fishing the little waters.


The stream as it flows from down the mountain. Pools are formed like steps. While not every pool held fish a few of them did.


A small stream wild char. Incredibly beautiful. Its red spots trying to out do the blue halos.


These streams require time to fish. Trying to present the fly without spooking the pool can be a challenge, a challenge that is not always successful.


A deep pool filled with cold tanic water. It's almost like casting into a pitcher of iced tea. As the fly gets close to the boulder an eruption took place.


The brook trout proceeded to fight like crazy. He went down, to the right and left at one point going airborne doing a tail walk. Just has I thought the fight was out of him he went straight for a tangle of wood, fortunately I and the little 5" glass rod turned him back. As I lifted the monster from the water I could not believe his size. I placed him back into "his" pool, said thank you and in my mind I said I hope we'll meet again.












38 comments:

  1. Alan
    Again, great post, photos, spectacular colors and love that single flower shot.

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete you never know what these streams will give up, but it's always beautiful.

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    1. William Shuck
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      Bill so true...
      Ever fish the bomber?

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  3. The first pool begs to be fished. Reminds me of the pool below the bridge at Cat Creek.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark fish it I did, and was rewarded nicely.

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  4. Alan
    These are waters I haven't seen before, all with some exceptional pools. The large brook trout was a bonus---beautiful colors on all brookies. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill new streams to me also. I have many more to try and hopefully they will be productive.

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    1. Michael Capurso
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      I appreciate it sir.

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  6. Wow! What a beast. Big fish in small water: joy!

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    1. spike
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      Spike once or twice I'll find one of them.
      Lot's of luck needed.

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  7. I am truly amazed that brook are still in that little stream, Alan, after the two year drought we had. The one especially is huge for such small water and I have to wonder where was it surviving during that dry period.

    That must be at least a 3 or 4 year old fish or possibly older that found a way to survive during rough times. Just beautiful.

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam these fish are amazing. They take more hits and keep on bouncing back. As for dry periods we could use an inch or two of rain about now.
      He was an old fellow for sure....tenacity.

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    2. We got the needed inch or so in Wilbraham this evening, Alan. I hope your streams received the same!

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  8. Wow Alan, what a trophy from such a small blue line. It never ceases to amaze me the survival instincts of these wild jewels..........
    Alistair

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    1. Anonymous
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      Alistair these guys have been taking a beating since the ice age, survivors to the very max.

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  9. That char is a truly beautiful fish and is the 'monster' trout. The woods and the streams are nature's garden, very meditative. Wonderful, now all we need are the sounds of the stream and woods! Oh, plus the smells too. All the best, John

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    1. The Two Terriers
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      John the natural world we encounter out in the "woods" is truly meditative. And the cost to be there is minimal.

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  10. Very nice post Alan.... Jewels of fish in beautiful places.... Those little trickles can surprise you, can't they?

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    1. Doug Korn
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      Doug surprises indeed, that's one of the reasons I love fishing small streams.

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  11. Beautiful photos Alan. That beautiful last brookie is a jaw dropper. Just stunning.

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  12. Oh, and I believe that guy down below is Rowan, right?

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard he was special.
      And yes that's Rowan...teaching the old man on how it's done.

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  13. Next month is brookie month for me. I just love those spots and fins. I will finally be getting out my 3 wt! I don't use it very often, which is a shame. Beautiful pics as always, Alan!

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    1. The River Damsel
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      Emily I'll be waiting for that brookie report. A 3wt is the perfect rod for these fish.
      Good luck.

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  14. Nice catch! That creek is tiny. Your posts and photos have inspired me to find streams that hold brook trout where I live. Just seeing that "B" Bomber pattern pictured above, I could tell it is deadly. Thanks for sharing, and the inspiration Small Stream Reflections provides.

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    1. Matt Harding
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      Matt tiny creeks can give up some big ones at times.
      The bomber is the best for small streams, it always seems to bring them out from the rocks and to the surface.

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  15. Alan, I don't know how you can top this kind of day.We are fortunate to have all of this beauty within a short drive. It's time to take a day off from work and explore.
    Thanks,
    Kurt

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    1. Brookie61
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      Kurt topping a day like that will be hard to duplicate, but what the hell I'll try anyway.
      Take that day, I won't tell the boss.

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  16. Beautiful. I love scenes like these. The quiet. No one else around.

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    1. Fred NJ
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      Fred solitude is almost always guaranteed, you might hear a chain saw or a dog walker but that's it.

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  17. Nicely done as always Alan, that last brook trout looks like he is king of the stream! Sometimes the brook trout from those tannin-stained streams are quite dark but that doesn't appear to be the case in this particular stream which is interesting!

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    1. Mark Wittman
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      Mark the brookies actually came from 3 different streams, that's probably why the color variation. I fished one stream one day and the other two on another day.
      I'm going to check out a stream tomorrow that gives up some really dark brookies.

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  18. Great shots and what a beautiful large wild brookie! A fish like that would be the highlight of my season.

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat it so far is the best, especially on a dry fly.
      A long time to go in this year though.

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  19. Alan,
    All I can say is.....Wow! Imagine that! Dougsden is held speechless!
    Doug

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug it must have been special to keep you speechless....you can get quite elaborate in your posts. More to come?

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