This little woodland stream is in the top ten streams I fish. This time of year it's so much more enjoyable because of the absence of thick cover. It holds wild brook trout only and they are willing to take a surface fly.
The plunge pool here had a little run below it. The brookies held in both sides of the stream as well as the middle. At one time I had a rise to the fly just as it hit the water.
Starting to see more of these.
I have about three more weeks of easy fishing before it's all filled in with brush. Then I'll have to really fight to gain access.
A sample of the prizes this stream holds.
Wild and clean. This stream will always be this way thanks to a few.
The shape of this male is outstanding. I would love to catch him again come October.
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healthy looking stream produces healthy looking brookies/trout. If the stream wasn't like that, they wouldn't be there.
Keep up what you do & enjoy......Phil
Another nice thing, no one seems to fish it.
I was up your way last Sunday poking around.
DO you mostly cast upstream and fish that way, or do you let line out and drift a fly down stream? Also, how many feet of line do you normally fish with. Basically i like to know how close i can get to the fish before spook them. How do you deal with that, or do you consider it not a big issue? Do you think using a strike indicator on a small stream is useful, or is it conter productive? Sorry for so many questions, but i'm tired of my low catch rates.
Cliff, I very seldom cast upstream. I mostly cast and feed the fly downstream. If the fish are holding in broken water you can approach closer, in the pools you have to be very careful. Wild trout in small streams are sensitive to vibrations, so walk softly. I never use a strike indicator.
Nice post Brk Trt. I can definitely see the makings of some thick cover when things really start growing !ReplyDelete
Forget the shears, bring the machetes.
Love those fish. I have never caught a brook trout but one day I hope I will.ReplyDelete
They're beautiful. Hope that day is soon.
love the spots of green growing along the stream.ReplyDelete
Soon it will be a jungle.
Lovely photos of a wonderful stream with some of it's inhabitants! I love the time when everything is coming alive again after the winter! This stream must be precious to you. Thanks for sharing!
The Jassid Man,Delete
The change is refreshing for sure.
Are things getting greener in the north?
I can see why it's one of your favorites Alan, a lovely looking stream.ReplyDelete
It truly is.
Thanks for sharing more great pictures! That last brookie is a healthy fish! Hope you are able to find him again in the fall...ReplyDelete
It seems that they came through the winter in great shape.
That stream looks even smaller than the trout streams I get to fish? Question : Are you able to make casts in here or do you let flies float down, and then maybe pull them trough?ReplyDelete
I just read the comments above and found I'm not the only one thinking like this. When I finally get to fly fishing (the rod has been acquired) this is the way I'll have to do it, mostly.Delete
As you fish these small streams more and more you'll learn how to best present the flies. Have fun with it.
It was a great day.
Those look like fiddleheads, they're supposed to be good eating but I've never tried them. Gorgeous brookies, especially that last fish!ReplyDelete