Saturday, June 18, 2011

Small Stream Ramblings

So far this year we in the northeast, especially Connecticut, have been blessed with enough rainfall to keep our streams fresh and free flowing.
This is a big improvement over last year when a lack of rain was almost a disaster.

The stream I fished the other day is one of the ones that had a rough go of it last year, but from the photos of it now it appears to be in wonderful shape. It also fished very well.

The stream is a typical mountain freestone, with lots of color. It's surrounded by large hemlocks, and hardwoods. Just sitting by its waters you can hear natures concert, with the birds at full voice.

This little Emerger/Dry fly has been producing very well. It's a generic pattern that's not to hard to tie. I'll vary the body color, and hackle, to produce a variety of stream bugs.

This little beaver pond, thats not active, and in need of repair, gave up some wonderful little brookies in the 4 to 6 inch size. I would have fished this spot a while, only the mosquitos were on a feeding frenzy.

This wild gem was a surprise. He almost looked to big to be in the stream.
He also came back for the fly three times, before coming to hand. When I released him into the water, I said thanks.

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  1. Im really getting lost in your blog the past few days. Thanks for giving the posts and your words the showcase they deserve.
    I also thank every fish that I touch. It helps things feel a little less one way.

  2. hey Brk Trt finally got out to fish that stream in hamden. looks a lot like the pictures you are posting. the stream did not disappoint. caught a dozen and missed twice that many. what a great day! water level was perfect.thanks for keeping us excited about the small streams dave in north haven

  3. Nice post. You're right, this spring/summer has been a lot kinder weather-wise. Hope it keeps it up!

  4. Glad to hear the stream is doing well and the fish as well. That second to last Brookie is awesome. Nice Job. Wonderful pics too.

  5. Steve,
    I guess that's the least we can do for those that give us so much.

    It sounds like your trip was a good one.
    Thanks for the report.

  6. Mike,
    Yes you remember that hot dry one. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stays more hospitable.

    Trout Magee,
    It looks a whole lot better this year.