For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Friday, April 13, 2012
Pink Chenille, And Some Other Hash
In New England we have been suffering from a lack of substantial rain fall. In Connecticut we are about four inches below normal. The streams are still flowing but a loss of volume is starting to show. While air temps have been cool especially nights this has managed to keep the waters cool.
While walking the woods I've managed to see beautiful signs of Spring. They show themselves in the form of wild flowers popping up through the brown leaves of last Autumn.
I fished this stream the other day and was given the chance to take a few brookies. They were holding in the riffles and took a Bomber with gusto. There were two larger pools on either side of the riffle that looked like prime places for a nice brown. I sent the Bomber through the pool several times, and there was no respect paid this work horse.
A fly change was needed for the pool just looked to promising to give up on. Perhaps a PT nymph or a wet fly might do the trick. So out of the box came the "Pink Chenille" nymph. Sending the nymph on several drifts through the pool brought nothing. Then on one drift nearer the bank a fish swirled and the fly was taken. The little 6ft 2wt was put to the test with this fish. It was a rainbow of generous proportions. The trout covered every inch of that pool trying to take me into the undercut roots and leaping on several occasions. He finally gave up and was photographed and released.
A very formidable opponent.
And as part of my healthy lifestyle change. Chicken hash. Chicken breast diced, red pepper, fresh baby spinach, scallions, diced Italian sharp cheese and salt, crushed red pepper, and chile powder. It's fried in a bit of olive oil to a golden brown.
It can be served with a baked potato, and beverage of choice.