For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, July 8, 2019
Some Sweet Times My Friends
Out and about...a lovely small stream, a beautiful day and some very sweet blackberries to highlight what was an exceptional day. I must confess, every day is exceptional and treasured. The berries are not quite there as far as being totally ripe, lots of "on the turn" berries which means I have some time to collect some for pancakes. Something else I'd like to pass along is the fact I have never had a year where I've seen so much wildlife. Birds, snakes, box turtles, deer, and a few bears. Toads and frogs along with lots of bees have made being out there very enjoyable.
The streams are still holding, and though we could use some rain I'm happy with conditions. Water temps have been 60-62, and a few of them in the 58 degree range. The brookies have been hanging in the faster water at least while I have been fishing, and they do not miss the fly as it drifts near them.
A small Royal Coachman wet fly fooled this jewel.
I have been fishing this old stick. A Cabela's TQR 5' 2wt...it's a great rod for the small stream and can handle what ever comes it's way. I featured the TQR in my book "Thin Blue Lines"
This photo shows so much of what a small stream offers...wood, which is good, a shallow riffle with a deeper section of water. It has shadows, and seems. But most of all it holds trout. An ant floating by was slammed.
That's some fish to be holding in a place like that. I believe that brookie is a pretty old fellow. Maybe one more spawning season left in him.