Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wild Trout on the Dry Fly

Saturday was one of those moderating days in December where the air temps reach 35 to 40, no wind and bright sunshine which make for a good feel to the body. I started fishing this Class 1 stream further down than I normally fish it, in fact parts I've never really fished. A BHPT was my first fly and after a few drifts there was that little bump that signals a hit. As I lifted up the 3wt Sage I felt the fish. As I retrieved it I could see it was a nice brown. When reaching for him he delivered the fly to me and off he went. I continued to fish the nymph with out much success. I changed flies and tied on a "Ausable Bomber", its so much easier to follow than the PT, and not as many bottom snags. After several drifts through the pool I had a fish rise. It was a very subtle move but a rise none the less. Another few drifts and I had my first hookup on the "Bomber" and the first fish to hand. It was a lovely brookie. I continued to have success on the dry with many rises and quite a few fish to hand.

This was a good day on the stream, and considering it was December 18th, maybe it was one of the best of the year.

  Wild brookie's on the "Bomber"


  1. Great post Brk Trt. While you were fishing the creeks, I was looking for ducks on them and seeing there were no ducks I was wishing i had my fly rod instead.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog - Sharing the Passion

  2. Great post! Saturday was windless for us hunting as well. Glad to see other people were taking advantage of a perfect day. Thanks for the pics.

  3. Awesome post. I haven't been able to fish for a few weeks and needed a little pick me up. Thanks for the pics.

  4. Passinthru,Thanks In my travels the other day I spooked a beautiful Mallard Drake, those green heads, only nature could paint that.

    Savage, Thanks.
    Saturday was one of those "Nice" mid December days.

    Kiwi, Thanks

  5. Good post and beautiful fish.You guys are freezing there and we are dying of the heat the moment.:-)

  6. I think I've been here before. ;) LOL

    Once again, I'm really enjoying your blog posts and photos. I've always wanted to fish the Catskills, ever since reading my first Nick Lyons book. thank you for posting so many great photos!

  7. The African Fly Angler thanks.
    Could you ship some of that warmth here.

    Owl Jones thanks. The Catskills are a fly fishing history book, that can be enjoyed without the stuffy classroom.