For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, January 6, 2019
A Day In The Life..Winter Fishing
Good morning folks. It's finally starting to dry out around here after another soaker. I heard some places got nearly 2"...I wonder what the streams look like now, maybe I'll check a few out today. Well Friday was a beautiful day, seasonable weather with lots of sun and a simple wind that could be handled easily. I selected a nice woodland stream to visit one that would give me pleasure even if the fish would not bite. I love seeing new growth in the forest, especially health hemlocks. There were lots of these little trees. A nice touch of color to offset the winter "browns".....
The stream looks a bit skinny here, but it tends to get deeper in spots. It has like all of out CT. streams changed with the high water events we've had in 2018. The brookies are there though and when your close to one with a fly they will strike.
A little jewel. The fish to have taken on their winter colors. Still pretty my friends.
With the heavy rains washing debris into the stream bottlenecks like this will occur. Places like this are fish magnets and if there are any sizeable fish in the stream they will find such places and keep them to themselves. Places like this are also fly takers. The branches you see are only half of what you can't see, but your fly will. I cast a fly into the area just beyond the red circled piece of wood. It floated a short distance and the trout rose, took and was hooked. A hefty fish was felt, the glass rod bent and I worked to get the fish away from that woody mess that I knew he was headed into. I managed to keep him away for awhile but my line snagged the red circled branch. I tried to free the line but couldn't so I took a few steps that would enable me to free it with my hand. Watch that second stem. The debris jam broke and I found my self up to my thighs in water. I managed to free myself only getting a little wet and I found that the fish was still on.
When I finally got it together I lifted this beautiful male brook trout. I took his picture and let him go into the cold water...a big smile came next.