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Thursday, April 4, 2019
A Trend Reversed? And Another Obsession.
The stream, a familiar stream, one that I have fished for 20 years. I know most every nook and run within it's banks. I have seen many changes here over the years most of those are natural and some well you kind of know what those might be. The stream has a good population of wild trout with the browns dominating the brookies by a 100 to 1. Over the years that has been a constant, that is until last year and the first part of this year. In that time I have noticed a bigger presence of brook trout within it's waters. Some of these fish are of decent size, that being in the 6 inch range. What I find strange is that I've been told that where the brown and brook live together the brown will usually erase the brook, or push it further upstream to lees suitable habitat. But here it seems to be the opposite. The brook trout are moving right into the prime brown trout water.....
The other day I fished some of those Irish flies I've become obsessed with over the last few months. They are fun to tie and the trout seem to like them. As the weather warms and there is greater surface activity I know I'm going to have a blast with these flies.
Irish fly...this is a size 8, but I tied up a few in size 10 and 12 last night and have not given them a try...
This beautiful wild brook trout was caught yesterday in the stream I just talked about. The photo does not to it justice. This is a strong healthy male, who seems to think it's October instead of April. I hope I encounter him again this fall.