Monday, July 26, 2021

A Special Place...

I have been fishing this stream for over twenty years. In those years I have witnessed many changes to the structure and to the brook trout who inhabit the stream. In the twenty years I have fished it with a few close fishing friends who have kept it's location secret. And with very few exceptions I have never seen it fished by others. I have some fond memories here, not only of the brook trout but of the fine folks who live near. One in particular was an elderly lady which I found out to be in her 80's told me of the times when she would drive her husband downstream to a location where she would drop him off and he would fish the stream back up to a point where she would pick him up. I asked her how long that was and she said she had it timed by the food she gave him to take with him while fishing. A peanut butter sandwich, some cookies, and a bottle of water. She showed me places along the stream that her husband marked that were productive spots for him. Little circles of small stones placed in different ways marked the locations.

The stream photo is a place that I love. It did not always look like this. Years ago during a strong ice run off the road was washed away. The following spring the state took to repairing the road and bridge. In that process they replaced the culverts with fish friendly ones that allowed the brook trout upstream movement. The series of pools and runs you see most always hold brook trout and on the first cast I had better be ready. It  is a special place and at a time in life as now even more so.


This beautiful hen came from that spot near the slick pool. She was in the fast water and could not resist a yellow hornberg.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Small stream friends? Well maybe

Seeking brook trout in small streams has always been interesting for me. The fact that you never know if there are actually brook trout in the stream and if they are will they be there when you are fishing it. Brookies are notorious wanderers, they will seek new areas of a stream for various reasons. It's a wonderful game of "hide and seek"....There is another interesting tidbit to small stream fishing and that is what other species of fish cohabit the stream along with the brook trout. Some of what i have encountered have been brown trout, redfin pickerel, black nose dace, various types of bass and blue gills-sunfish. Several of these fish compete with the streams food sources and some of them are the streams food sources. With this going on it seems that the brook trout survives. There are many reasons for the survival of brook trout under these circumstances. I like to believe they are naturally friendly. I can hear the chuckles out there but you either dominate totally or you learn to adapt and coexist.


Such was the case in the stream above. This sunfish took a small downwing hornberg. The little guy earned a spot in the SSR's hall of fame for the strong fight he put forth. Notice the scars on the side of that guy.

Just a few feet south if where I hooked the sunfish this dark brook trout slammed a soft hackle. This fish was awesome and the photo does not do it justice.

 A few posts ago I mentioned tacos. Well here is what I created. Highly seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato and native corn. Drizzled with a squirt of lime and red pepper it was delicious. No cheese added because I forgot to buy it.

Have a great weekend folks....


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Tiny Ten 2...a big brother.

Last July I came across a determined young angler trying to fool a resident wild brookie from a CT. stream. The young lady which I found out was only three years old. She showed me that Tenkara fishing can be done effectively by anyone. That little angler convinced me to purchase the Tiny Tenkara rod. Since then I have fished the Tiny Ten many times and have enjoyed it so much. Although I felt the need to go longer, something that would allow me to reach out in certain areas of the stream that were not available to me with the shorter rod. So I went out and purchased the Tiny Ten 2.

The Tiny Ten is a 5' rod and the Tiny Ten 2 is a 8' rod. The extra 3' makes for a longer reach which at times makes the difference between catching those wary fish. The Tiny Ten 2 weighs in at 2oz. It's crafted with a cork handle which I think is a must on any rod. It's action is soft which I compare to my fiberglass rods. I have it rigged with a furled leader of 6', which I have ordered a 8' furled leader, thought is it may work better with the longer rod. I have fished the Tiny Ten 2 on four outings and have found it to be a pleasure. Keep in mind my knowledge of other rods is zero so a comparison I can't give. But for what I paid and what it does I'd say it is hard to beat.



A typical stream where I cast the Tiny Ten 2.

 These wild brookies are a blast on this rod. And it shows that if I can catch them with a Tenkara rod anyone can. This is simplicity, that would have escaped me if it weren't for that little angler I met on the stream a year ago...thanks Nattie.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

What it takes....

What inspires us? I can't speak for you as to what inspires you, but I can for me. I'll try to give you some of what inspires me to spend time outdoors, to walk a woodland trail. To find a small stream and walk it's edges. To fly fish, and to fly tie. Part of this is in my DNA for lack of a better reason and part comes from the books I read. The book pictured here is a fine example of what can inspire me. It is about a fly fishing club located in Connecticut. It tells of the old days as well as modern days of a group of anglers and the stories each has contributed. In it's pages are numerous paragraphs of the brook, the Housatonic river and the fish and flies associated with the angling club.


From a page of Whoops, For The Wind....this is what small stream brook trout fishing is. The fly was tied not for any insect that may hatch on that stream, instead it is tied from the thought I had as to what may cause a brook trout to take my offering.

A lovely slick run on a small stream in Autumn. A sight as this inspired me to craft a fly that not only represents the place and season but also may tempt a wild jewel to take it.

I can see Autumn in these flies. Can you?

Flowers gone to seed, little puff balls...they to can inspire.

A different color perhaps but none the less they are "puff balls"

And one of the greatest inspirations of all is bringing of natures finest creations to hand.