Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Bright Day And Some Dark Brook Trout

Yesterday I paid a visit to a true "thin blue line"...This stream is one of my favorites, seems most are for that matter. I love this one for it's total beauty and would fish it more often only it's to far from home. I had not been here in about a year and a half and as I drove down the service road to where I normally park I noticed the state had made some improvements. They graded the road and they made it wide enough for two cars. A trade off was they took away the pull-offs to park. Well I managed to find a high spot and fit my Honda in.



The stream was beautiful, just as I remembered it. I had expected to see piles of branches and fallen hemlocks. It's hard to tell from the picture but this stream has the darkest brook trout in Connecticut, they are almost black.


Fly selection, they would come from the right side of the Wheatley...no streamers just small wet flies.


Those branches and fallen hemlocks in the stream, well I found them.



And tucked within them I found the dark jewels.


Look at the black fins.


It was a great day....


Lunch, a piece of corn bread, coffee that I kept in the window sun in the car and a delightful place to enjoy it.











21 comments:

  1. Lovely stretch of water Alan. Productive too. like you find a lot of solitude on your streams!

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    1. billp
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      Bill it's beautiful out there. Lots of birds to keep you company, and an occasional tug form a brookie.

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    2. I forgot to mention that I got a peek inside a master's fly box. :-) Found some streams with Brookies to check out when things open up later this year.

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    3. Bill that fly box changes at times, especially the streamers.
      You guys are still restricted?

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    4. Yeah, very much so. :-/

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  2. What a neat spot. Amazing how, in this case, the road improvement may have created a challenge... Worth it though :)

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will no complaints here. The road before was ruts and deep holes. There is a small parking area up the road.

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  3. Beautiful trout and pictures. Thanks for helping to keep this laid up brookie fanatic's spirits up.

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat I'm always happy to help.

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  4. Alan,
    I like this post.
    It clearly shows the camouflage of those brookies in that shady stream.
    Thanks
    Humberto

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    1. Unknown
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      Humberto they are amazing creatures. They use every part of the stream to their advantage.

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  5. Nice of them to provide a picnic table for you to lunch on. You need a big 4x4 truck, then you can park where ever you want like those of us with big 4x4's.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark I was surprised to see that table. It was a welcome seat. I think it may have been the 4x4's that caused the problem. They drive those roads during the mud season.

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  6. Alan,
    I never saw one with such dark fins. Cool how they adapt to their environment.
    JJ

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    1. Beaverdam
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      Joe that stream has the darkest brookies in CT. I wish I had more time to fish. Upstream is where I've taken some brookies in the 12" class.

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  7. Alan, sure looks like brook trout paradise...and a picnic bench too. Beautiful trout & glad the trip was worth it.

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    1. Matt Harding
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      Matt is was a good day all around. Are you fishing now?
      I've been tweaking your "Carot" fly a bit and man has it been working well.

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    2. Alan, some fishing has opened up, and maybe more this weekend for the season opener. I haven't been fishing because I'm concentrating on moving from where I've been for 18 years. It surprises me all the stuff one can accumulate over that amount of time. Maybe I'll fish in later June. I'm glad you're having fun with the Carot Nymph. I'm always tweaking classic flies too. Make them your own. Cheers.

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    3. Matt yes moving can turn up some stuff you long forgot about. I hope your move goes well.

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  8. Alan
    I see you and I seem to select the same items to fish for trout, such as the Orvis reel, which is my favorite of all the fly reels I used. Second is the chest pack you used, such a handy item for those who want to go light---and last all those soft hackles. I had success Friday using some of your Soft Hackles. Awesome place you were fishing!! Thanks for sharing
    Check your email

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill the Orvis Battenkill is a one of the best a fly fisher can own. The click and pawl with it's simplistic design makes it a great choice, and it's reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with soft-hackles.

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