For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thanks Alan for reminding me of one of my favorite places in CT. We are unpacking in MA, it will probably be a while before I am out fishing again.
Mark WittmanThanksMark I was there last week and it's so beautiful. Moving is never a joy and it will seem like months before you feel settled. Some wonderful fishing is just an hour away from you at the Cape.
Alan Seeing some of those images makes me wish spring gets here fast!!! I'm not a fan of cold weather!! Thanks for sharing
Bill TrussellThanksBill I was out today and found ice on the stream. I like winter as long as it's not bitter cold for long stretches.
I love winter, at this point I'm even looking forward to it a little bit! Perhaps I enjoy it more because so many others don't. There is even more solitude to be had on a brook trout stream in December.
RM LytleThanksRowan I agree that solitude is prime come winter. But the bitter cold is a no-no with me. January 2018 is a good example. Snow Thurs?
Hi Alan,I like your spring and summer memories.....I don't have too many good memories from spring and (especially) summer this year due to the searing heat and dry weather we experienced! I had a couple of good sessions on my new water, the river Tees, but my local club had a very poor season indeed.I am now looking forward to a cold and crisp winter during which I hope to target some good size Grayling up in the Yorkshire Dales.ThanksAlistair
Alistair CorbishleyThanksAlistair you had one of those brutal summers. They leave not so fond memories for a long time after. What flies do you select on your Grayling outings?
AlanNot had a great deal of experience winter fishing for Grayling, in fact this will be my first serious winter season - over the years I have played about at it with a two or three trips per year when the weather was good. On the wet side I tend to go for case-less caddis larvae / Czech Nymph, PTNs, Pink Tags (like a red tag), Pink Shrimps and if the conditions allow the usual North Country flies (Snipe & Purple, Waterhen Bloa, Winter Brown, Brown Owl, February Red). On the dry side either a little F-Fly or a big Klinkhammer.Alistair
Alan,This post just confirms the unbelievable natural beauty contained with your home state of Connecticut and the awesome patterns that fall from your vice! As Spock used to say, "Live long and prosper"! We wish you the same! Please keep us fed with this wonderful blog spot of yours! From the den,Dougsden
DougsdenThanksDoug you are so kind...CT is indeed a wonderful state, and many of the streams I fish are under the states watchful eye. I don't plan on giving up my thoughts or my meanderings to soon, "for what would I do with my time"....
Memories like these keep depression at bay during the cold winter months. Please remind us often, Alan, until the sulfurs come back.
William ShuckThanksBill I'll throw you guys some warm tidbits from the previous year, that is the warm part of the year.
Really neat to see that spot in spring/summer and fall/winter Alan!
HibernationThanksWill it's a contrast for sure. That place is productive all year. Mark and I fished one winter when the stream was almost ice covered. We managed a couple of brookies fishing under the ice.
Light dusting of snow here in our area of NM yesterday. 10+ inches in the mountains where I fish. Can't wait for spring and ice free streams.
bill piatekThanksBill a dusting is OK 10" is a whole other issue.Visit here all through the winter, good times.
Winter's a comin'. Average temp here has dropped into the 60's. No rain yet.
Mark KautzThanksMark for sure. I hope you remain safe.
Buy the way folks Mark lives in norther Calif. Keep him and his family in your thoughts.
Prayers sent for rain in California. Just terrible what is happening there.
It can be a melancholy time of year but I always keep in mind that I caught my largest wild brook trout on one of my favorite brooks the day after Thanksgiving. There is always a chance!
UnknownThanksIt can be some of our best days when we least expect it to be. Like you said your biggest trout taken on a day when you were just happy to fish.