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Saturday, June 22, 2019
Browns, Small Stream Browns,Part 2
In this second installment of seeking some rather awesome brown trout from a small stream I found myself in familiar surroundings. The upper part of the stream flows over stone with some rather flat areas with the favored slack and wood obstructed sections that brown trout love. This outing featured some what lower flows and clear water. The browns were holding in some pretty skinny water. The reason I knew this is because I spooked many of them. I have to work on my stealth, "note made"... This spring I have noticed very few outings where trout have been actively feeding on the surface and I have not found a reason for that. Many times I've seen insects on the water and they seem to go untouched. You have probably noticed not many "bombers" in the lips of the trout I've featured, I'll figure it out.
On this dat I did see an abundance of these guys in the bushes along the stream. I knew they would get someones attention at some point. The soft-hackle came off and the sparse muddler went on.
It did not take long for the fly to bring one to strike. This brown really tested the little bamboo rod.
This section of the stream flows through some nasty areas. The mud along the banks is tough walking. I stepped into some stuff that almost reached my knees. Experience has shown that the pools here hold nice fish. Several casts brought no response. I walked upstream a bit and crossed over to the other side. I was in a better position to fish the pool now and I made the presentation. The second cast and the brown moved on the fly but missed. Three more casts and he went for it again....the fight was on.
What a fight it was. Thankfully everything held and soon I had this brute at hand. The strength of this brown can be seen in his head. What a day....more to come.