It has been a tough year, but I'm certain we all have something to be thankful for.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving ..
Below I have tied a progression showing the tying in of the California Quail hackle in the creation of the Waterhen Bloa, a North Country spider with a well known history.
The body is primrose silk thread loosely dubbed with natural mole fur. The hackle is a California Quail.
I know my posts have a great deal of trout related stuff. Small Stream Reflections was started because of my love for all things small streams. But there are other fish that live in small streams that I seek at times. Some of the fish live close with trout, and some don't. Some of these will at times dominate what I catch that day even though I had not planned it that way. There are times when I intend to catch one of non trout buddies, and sometimes that works out.
In the pool below you can see a perfect place to find a trout. There are also places in that pool that hold another favorite of mine.
This stream I fished was in prime shape. I settled in on fishing the upper reaches manly because of it's more open banks. The boulders present a problem but I take my time in negotionating them. Side note here...which is slicker, snow or wet oak leaves?.....In the short run seen here I hooked two nice browns and lost them both at hand.
In the top photo is a wing for the streamer I tied below. I use her method of building the wing. There is a total of four feathers used in one wing. First there is a black feather, followed by a green grizzly feather. Then a shoulder feather of marabou and finally a Jungle Cock feather.
It's wing was described above. It also has a green yarn body, a tag and rib of flat gold tinsel. The throat is white hackle with a touch of orange hackle. The streamer is tied on a classic Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook.
Starling feathers above are...top left a black starling with tips of gold...bottom left a black starling with that remarkable iridescence...top right a feather from a bleached starling again showing that iridescence... bottom right, a bleached starling feather showing a beautiful tawny brown color.
I fished this beautiful stream this week. It was cold and blustery, leaves as well as snow flurries were in the air. But i could have not had a better day for the brookies were in a feeding mood.