This is an area we visited last Spring. It had a good reputation in the area of wild brook trout and needed some exploration. On that first visit I found a few fish but it did not live up to what I was told about it. I just thought this just maybe a down cycle year for brookies in this stream. Fast forward to the beginning of October we went back, only armed with a good topo map and a decent road to access the area. On the map I noticed several small streams that over time had a beaver dam issue. As I neared the stream I could see one beaver dam that appeared active. Investigating further I saw a couple more of them.
One of the streams that connect these ponds. It's an easy walk most times but at this point it gives me problems. So take it easy Alan.
This little pond is a gem. It has two streams feeding it, and I'm sure an underground cold water source. It's not very deep and the bottom is black with dead leaves.
But a dry fly allowed to float will be met with a nasty strike.
This pool was so clear. I know there were brookies in it but some were very shy.
And some were not so shy.
Along the left side there was a trail sort of. We were able to access the waters further in.
I assured Jeanette that the path was OK.
There was a time when I could cover a place like this in a few hours, now I only scratched the surface. I hope to finally fish most of the area before the snow flies.
This is true natural wild beauty...Connecticut style.
This may as simple a fly that ever was. Awhile back one of the blog readers sent me this sample. It is Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift Yarn, Oyster. This along with some thread and a few turns of non lead wire create what is known as Sawyer's Killer Bug. It's lives up to it's name. The 290 yarn is key and when wet you would not believe how life comes forth. The colors are awesome. The 290 yarn is cheap, for five or six bucks you can purchase enough of it to last a lifetime.
You can see the Killer Bugs here. I tie them in 12 and 14.
Here is the Killer Bug wet...beautiful color.
If you like fancy then wrap a turn of woodcock hackle. Effective.
These may get a new name from me. How about the Takayama Sakasa Kebari..."yellow jacket"...do you remember that photo of the yellow jacket just sitting on a leaf in the stream...maybe that's the reason for the popularity of this fly lately. I tie them from 14 down to 10.
The other day my son put in a request for some schnitzel, pork schnitzel to be precise. I had a whole boneless pork loin so I trimmed the hell out of it and sliced it very thin. As you can see these will cook rather quickly after being dredged in egg and seasoned bread crumbs. Please do not over cook these pork a little pink is not going to kill you. Octoberfest dish one....
Perfectly cooked schnitzel, mashed potatoes and a light mushroom gravy.
Now in the first picture you see that bag of trim, well that's gold. It was mixed with some lean pork and mixed with a variety of spices to create bratwurst. The meat is ground and put into natural hog casings.
The finished product. These will be placed in refrigeration for at least three days to allow the brats to cure. They will then be grilled and placed in a bun with onions...stay tuned.
Can a guy who lives with brook trout, not that I actually live in the stream but one who feels I know them quite well can actually say that the last year has proven to me that I really do love my time in pursuit of these wild creatures. A day afield is not a day anymore but more like an hour or two. The time has been reduced to compensate for some other issues in life. But that hour or two produces for me a finer understanding of all that surrounds small stream fishing. I know it has been said a thousand times that quality is better than quantity. I have live with this philosophy for many years and I could not believe how much of a reinforced philosophy it has become. Take a look about and enjoy it if only briefly.
Culvert pools, sometimes a big producer and sometimes a bust. This one with it's dark deep pool along with that "camo" white foam proved to be a good producer. After initial rejections I finally had a hookup.
Mr. Rapidan soft hackle nymph got it done.
One of Connecticut's peat bottomed streams. They are beautiful and hold some truly remarkable brook trout. They will produce what are referred to has "black bellied brookies"....in his book "Early Love And Brook Trout" James Prosek writes of them.