For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Happy in July
July has been a month of changes. The beginning of the month saw rather comfortable conditions and favorable conditions on the small streams...and then summer really took hold. High temps and low rainfall put a damper on some of the fishing. Some streams held up better then others keeping water temps in the low sixties and sufficient flows to keep the fish well. Unlike several years ago when a nasty drought took place and pretty much wiped out a lot of brook trout, this is really not bad. As I write this I can say very happily that a very good substantial rain event took place overnight and continues this morning. Some numbers tossed about have the amount so far upwards of three inches.
I take water temps every outing and you can see from my last one the water is cold.
The issue in fishing low water is finding the brookies. While the deep pools will usually give up some fish, it's the riffles and faster water that hold more fish. A problem fishing these areas of swift water is hook-ups. The fly moves by the fish pretty fast and while the brookies will see it and attempt to take it there are a lot of misses. But I still love those riffles.
A real dark brook trout taken in a riffle. This guy took a soft-hackle and did not miss.
Now this is not a fishing story, this really happened. You can see the large grass covered rock. To the left the stream is really pushing water over the cobble. Right below the rock is a deeper flat that appears to be gray in color. I drifted a fly through that spot and took a nice hit. Again the fly drifted a again a hit. Both times I missed the fish. Just slightly down from that rock I did find this....
...this jewel was holding in the riffle in a shade spot and did not miss the fly. Did I ever mention just how much I love this fishing and the lovely brook trout I find.
Pretty much all I needed that day...Purple silk and a pheasant feather.