Monday, August 6, 2018

Days Of Enchantment, and Kodachrome?

Sunday morning I woke with the thought of going fishing, well most mornings I wake with the same thought but this Sunday was a bit different in the fact that Saturday we recieved a generous rainfall. I knew that many of the streams benefited and I was going to try to take advantage. The stream I chose to fish is a freestone brook that flows off a small mountain. It has a reputation of holding a brookie or two and it is rather easy to fish with exception of a few laurel thickets. The rocks can be a pain especially when you slide on one.

First view of the stream and all's well in life....my goodness is there anything better.


A waterfall that was pushing a fair amount of water. I took some video with sound of it and will post it soon. At the bottom are several small pools, and in these pools lie some fish...


...impressive fish at that. This male brook trout was almost in full Autumn dress. I have noticed several of the brookies I've caught in the last few weeks taking on color.


While the streams are full of water one must still take caution to ensure that water temps are satisfactory and this one is as cold as it can be for August. 58 degrees....


Moving upstream I stopped to work a fly through most of the prime looking water, sometimes they held fish and sometimes they don't, and there are those times when you hook fish and they take the liberty of releasing themselves before you can get a look.


Precious.....a wild native jewel.


Paul Simon said in his wonderful song Kodachrome that everything looks worse in black and white....well not so fast, looks pretty good.


Days of enchantment.











24 comments:

  1. Alan ~ You really should consider publishing a collection of your posts.They are all gems, but some like this one are especially lovely.
    Thank you again.
    P.S. Nice photo below ;=)

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    1. William Shuck
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      Bill there are a couple of outfits that said they could to that for me. Maybe it would make a good winter project.
      I agree one the photo.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark I'm happy for that.

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  3. I have to say Im envious of you, you get out more in a week than I do in a month, nice post again Alan.

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    1. George
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      George I'm healthy and thankfully I have the time to fish.
      A very understanding wife helps to.

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  4. Alan "Kodachrome" love the music. I have boxes of Kodachrome 35 mm slides. The color is without equal. Someday I'll get them put on disc but the color will never be the same. Another Simon and Garfunkel number I'm fond of is "The sound of silence". Full of timeless messaging. Shortening daylight is telling the Brookies to get ready.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John they made some great music together and as you stated "timeless"...
      The brookies know.

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  5. You share so much with us, Alan. There is a beauty and charm in all your posts not found anywhere else. Whether it's fly fishing the small streams, good food or thoughts on life and the things that are truly important, in Small Stream Reflections you have created a family. I consider it a great privilege to be part of this family.
    My offer to take you out on some of my small streams here in Australia still stands. I hope, some day, I can visit the US again and fish for some of the brookie jewels that you show us so often.

    Kindest Regards,
    Steve.

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    1. Steve Hynes
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      Steve when I started this blog the base of it was small streams, wild trout, and life. That concept puts all of you who contribute part of the family. I appreciate the comments and over the years I have gained so much from them.
      If you get over here I'll be happy to share a thin blue line with you.

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  6. 58F water temperature in August with good flow...it doesn't get any better than that, Alan. A great year for the brook trout and the fishermen who seek them out. Wonderful.

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam I took temps in quite a few areas of that stream and they were all about the same, 58-60 or so. If we keep the flows it should be an awesome fall.

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    2. It should be an awesome fall, Alan. Red Sox on fire which hopefully will continue on through October.

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    3. Sam I'm so excited about the 2018 version of the Red Sox.
      It's to bad about Jerry Remy.

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  7. I wish that I could find that temp of water! We are a little above. But, I am scouting even higher water now to make sure the fish aren't stressed. Beautiful pics as always.

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    1. The River Damsel
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      Emily "go high"..you have some beautiful waters to fish.

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  8. Nice write-up and pics, thank you.

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    1. Michael Capurso
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      Mike I appreciate your comment.

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  9. Hello Alan, you're going through the last month of summer and I'm on my way to spring ... for that is life in this wonderful world in which we move, here we still have only 1 degree of temperature above zero, that is, 35 F yours.
    very good your black and white photography, good patterns of Nine Nemes, a hug.

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando we have a long way to go before temps around here are 35. Spring is a good season, and autumn is also fine.
      Some things look good in black and white. Be well friend.

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  10. Gardener's and garden designers try to landscape but nothing matches Mother Nature. Fabulous place. Regards, John

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    1. The Two Terriers
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      John so very true. I was creeping about a stream yesterday and captured some great shots of a small waterfall. I think I'd catch more fish if I was not so taken by my surroundings.

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  11. Alan
    I notice that the streams you fish after heavy rains have no muddy water?? That male brook trout is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill the streams rise rapidly and will run off color for a short period. They recover quickly, and clear in a few hours.
      Another fish I hope to encounter come October-November.

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