Monday, July 15, 2019

A morning in the woods....

This is a place where you can find most of what you have been searching for. Here is a place where you are not judged. All that you see is real. Where what is seen and done is not scripted, directed or produced for vast audiences. This is a world that is closer then one would imagine. So please join me on a day I would like to share with you.

The lush green of a July morning. This day it was wet from a overnight shower.

The stream is fast here and flows into a deep undercut. These are places where brook trout lie and will pounce on food as it swings by them.


Taking my offering without hesitation.


A Kingfisher sat in the tree observing my goings on. He must have approved for the usual chatter of this fisher did not occur while I fished the stream.


How it piles up. Cold water and a hot spot together.


Odd looking red bug, make a note not to eat it again.


A small stream anglers dream. I observed several brookies rising. They were just braking the surface.


I managed to fool one. They do make a fuss when hooked.


Another open but tight spot. Is there a trout in there.


Yes there was.


I know when I saw this I was in for a treat. Places like this hold bigger fish. Many casts were made here without a response. Just as I was about to give up a rise and a take.


Not the monster I assumed would be in there but a nice wild jewel still.


My walk back to the car was gentle. Lot's of fine memories today.



















26 comments:

  1. Alan, Does it get any better?
    Kurt

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    1. Brookie61
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      Kurt I don't think it can.
      We could use a bit more rain.

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    2. Alan, A bit more rain would be welcome. I've held off on trips to a few small blue lines. As always you brought a smile to my face with your explorations.
      Kurt

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    3. Kurt, I going to be visiting the Farmington in the next few weeks. I'll try to find some brookies there.

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    4. Alan, It's kind of funny that I've only caught a few brookies on the Farmington over the years. Maybe you should get the nickname "Brookie Whisperer" I'm hoping this coming rain helps keep the groundwater up for the little jewels.

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    5. Kurt, There are a few places I go where the brookies seem to hang around. Most times they are small but once or twice there is a 10 incher in the mix. My fingers are crossed that the rain will be substantial.

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  2. Looks like a wonderful day Alan... that "muddler" looks even simpler than "normal"... just black thread for the body huh? I like it!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will, black thread for a body, tail from hen pheasant, a few woodchuck hairs and deer hair. It can be fished wet or dry.

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  3. Beautiful environment and trout - what a bonus for July!

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat days like that are sure precious, especially for July.

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  4. People should enjoy such a place. Many are too busy with computers and video games. They don't know what they are missing.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Man that's so true. Five hours in a setting like that and you are refreshed and rejuvenated. Except guys like me, I'm just plain sore.

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  5. A wonderful morning in the woods, Alan. It's almost superfluous to use the word "beautiful" when describing brook trout. They all are!
    Rain! It's been raining steadily here in Healesville for the last few days. The Grace Burn and the nearby Badger Creek are hammering along, causing minor flooding in spots. We'd happily exchange a little of our rain for some of your summer sunshine.

    Kindest Regards,

    Steve.

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    1. Steve
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      Steve we here are about to go into the oven. The next week they are talking about temps going into the 90's....a short stretch of heat like that I can deal with but any prolonged heat "yuk".....

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  6. Delicious Alan! Thank you for taking us along on this beautiful walk! It is such a beautiful place this Connecticut woods and waters! You are charmed and we are so glad of it!
    In heated Ohio,
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug one day I must show you the woods and waters I frequent. Going to get hot here in CT. I may have to take out the 5wt and go looking for some warm water friends to take my fur and feathers.

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  7. What a lovely morning in the woods. With everything damp and green, imagination fills in the smells and sounds.

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    1. MarkW
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      Mark some mornings just seem to present the senses more details of what surrounds us.

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  8. Alan
    Some healthy brook trout for sure; hope you guys survive the heat wave coming your way. What was the temp of the water where you was fishing? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      It's going to be rough for a few days.
      The water temps were between 58-60 degrees.

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  9. Just beautiful, Alan. As one sinks into the stream and woods, outside annoying thoughts seem to disappear. A great and needed respite.

    I thought about you and your brook trout two nights ago when I caught a nice one on the Swift. That rascal was pure determination ending up behind me at one point, through my legs, hard to determine exactly where it was.

    Finally in the net, the barbless hook slipped right out and off it went. Nothing like them.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Sam
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      Sam their tenacity for life sometimes really comes forward. That brookie you caught was going to be free and nothing was going to stop him. It's great that you have been doing so well with the brook trout.

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    2. Thanks, Alan. The action has been good and the water temps are staying in a good zone despite being far downstream of the dam. The coming heat wave may have an effect on that which I will monitor next time out.

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    3. Sam, that heat wave will have an impact on stream temps. I generally use 68 as my cut off. The rain last night was a blessing.

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    4. 68 is my limit too, Alan.

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