Monday, February 17, 2020

Anticipation, again....

I have been some what lax in my duties here at SSR's. I have not written a post in 4 days and that is not like me for sure. It seems a cold has been boxing me for about two weeks. Not to brag now but I think I put the fellow down on the mat for good. Today I will set out to fish a stream, perhaps the one that's pictured here. A lovely place with a some what gentle walk and easy access to the stream. A few things in my favor today are the weather and an overwhelming desire to fish. Now if things turn out OK I may even have a few fish take my fly. I'm going to fish that Rio line today which I'm looking forward to.



The stream has many like this guy swimming within its confines. A good soft-hackle may fool him.


Last night I tied this soft-hackle. A Tups blend of dubbing and a dun hackle. Is it ready for prime time? We shall see.






Thursday, February 13, 2020

Fly Line Thoughts

Good morning all. Just thought I'd share this lovely little stream photo with you. All of that beautiful green on this cold rainy February day. I have not fished in in about two weeks and I must say it did not bother me to much. But today I feel like I could do with a few hours out and about but that's not going to happen for a few days more. But I have a few observations to share with you concerning fly lines. I am not one to buy the top of the line when it comes to fly lines. Fishing small streams does not require a fly line in the 100.00 range. The amount of fishing I do yearly, well weekly that is is about 4-5 days. So a year to a year and a half is a long time for my fly lines. I guess if I took the time to maintain them properly I might get a little longer life out of them.


Being in the market for a new line I picked up a couple of lines on the internet. This one is the Piscifun Sword series. It's a WF3 floating line. I've been using this line for about a month and it has been OK. It's cost was 25.00.


This one is a Rio Mainstream series Trout. It's a WF3 floating. I have never fished Rio lines and I'm excited to try this one soon. This line cost 39.00.






Monday, February 10, 2020

Something Old and Something New

The past week has been been a bit on and off for me. Some kind of bug took hold of me and man it beat the hell out of me. Today I feel like I'm back.

The Partridge and Olive. This is a soft-hackle I have written about in many blog posts. Although it may seem repetitive I can't tell you the importance of this fly. It's a pattern that has caught fish for me wherever I've fished it. It is not just a trout fly but it has taken bass both small and largemouth. Bluegills with rock bass and crappie. It's a fly you should have in your box.


This could be the most beautiful brook trout I've ever caught. The trout was taken from a small stream in the Shenandoah National Park. The trout took a partridge and olive soft-hackle. The fly was cast into a pool. I saw the brookie move towards the fly. He followed it and as the fly came close to the shore I thought the brookie would back off, instead he grabbed it.


When your coming off a bad week, what better way then a hot dog to make you feel better. Do you notice the way the hot dog is cut on the ends? There is a reason.




Friday, February 7, 2020

The Dark Cahill

The Dark Cahill wet fly. This fly has been a staple in my box for well over 25 years. Short story. Back around 1990 while heading to Rangeley Maine for our annual September fishing vacation I stopped at LL Cote's store in Errol NH. I headed to fly bins and and while poking through I came across a wet fly. Just looking at it gave the impression that it was a trout fly, to be more specific a brook trout fly. I bought two flies size 14 and 16....I went on to fish that week using the Dark Cahill and caught many fine brook trout. Since that Maine trip I have had the Dark Cahill wet fly close at hand. The flys origin dates back to the 30's and it's design is credited to Dan Cahill of Port Jervis NY. I guess there are many recipes on how to tie this fly out there but here is the way I tie it.

Hook, any wet fly...Tail, brown hackle or coq de leon...Body, gray dubbing...Wing, Wood duck...Hackle, brown.


Peacock body, woodcock hackle


Ginger Wet






Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Brook Trout Forest, What Are They Eating

Yes folks, here we are in the month of February. January has been kind so my hopes February will follow suit. On the last day of January I fished a small stream that I have a special fondness for. It's flows through a large tract of land that is heavily forested. Most of the tress are hardwoods with a scattering of pine and hemlock. The stream that day was clear and the sun shinning on it made for some wary trout.



A stream that has good flow leading to an undercut with decent depth is a likely brookie holding spot. The fly I had on was a Picket Pin, a wet fly that can also be fished dry. It's peacock body with brown hackle is an attention grabber. A few drifts of the Pin and a fish grabbed it.


The wild brookie at hand was incredible. It's deep olive tones were similar to the moss lined banks of his home.


Who can guess what a brookie will rise to in a small stream in January. I can't. But in this quiet pool were a few of them doing just that. I often if they are actually insects at all. Maybe it's windblown bits of leaf debris or something similar.


I think the Picket Pin looked more like a meal than the leaf debris.


An outing in Brook Trout Forest.









Saturday, February 1, 2020

The "Black Hole" And Its Brook Trout

I have written about this stream many times. It flows through a gigantic hemlock forest with some impressive rock formations along its flow. While some of it moves as a swift flowing stream it also has some very nice deep pools. There are times of the year when this stream gets quite low. The lake that feeds water into it ceases during the summer to maintain lake levels. It is at that time when the stream relies on springs and small tributaries to help maintain its flow.

Brookies can usually be found through out the stream most times of the year, even in the dead of winter you can coax a brookie to take a dry fly. On a recent visit I was granted a shut-out during my visit, that is until I reached the area of gorges of which there are a few on this stream. In one of these gorges lies the "Black Hole"...


The "Black Hole" a name given it by Pete. One day while fishing it with Kirk and Pete we observed brook trout of ample size swimming in the pool. Suddenly they would vanish into the black waters hence the name Black Hole. Many currents make up this hole. Water comes in fast and then swirls left then right and circles slow at the tail. The rock ledge will sometimes hold a large brook trout and if your fly drifts near you will get him to take. On this day I manged to take a couple of nice brook trout from the Black Hole.


These two beauties came to hand on a bead head nymph. Wild and strong.