November is that transition between Autumn and Winter. It's a time for 65 degree days and some of the coldest temps of the year. This November day found myself fishing a wild trout stream in the woods of far northeast Connecticut. The day was sunny and clear beyond words. Cold days seem to really clear the atmosphere. The stream was running a bit on the low side and as clear as the air was it had nothing on the clarity of the water. I walked the stream fishing likely spots, and sending the trout in those spots for the nearest cover. One such pool a brown trout ran downstream sending two others who were downstream back up and through the run I was fishing.
The catching action was very slow and I decided to perhaps try another area. This would involve a short drive, one that was welcomed after a couple hours in the crisp air.
Upon crossing a field to get to my car I noticed this milk weed pod. It had burst open perhaps weeks ago and still remained intact. It's seed looked like ice crystals.
Back at the car a coffee break was in order. Nantucket blend black and hot really gave this angler a boost.
I fished the second area pretty much the same as the first. This time I managed a hookup, although brief it felt good. It was tough angling this November day, but I could not have enjoyed it more.
I croosed a little foot bridge nearing the end of the area I was going to fish. There's an old saying, and I can't recall who said it, but it gos like this,"never pass a bridge without fishing it". So upstream of the bridge I let the fly swing, it stopped briefly and I felt the fish resist. Moments later I had my first trout.
This small wild brown with his gold, red, black and orange colors was my reward for this Novenber day.
Good advice. I never pass a bridge without fishing it. Streams still look good, although it won't be long before they're iced over.ReplyDelete
That shelf ice will be with us soon. But I can wait if it wants to take its time.
i love the browns at this time of year (and i'm not talking trout). we've dropped to 30s and will be freezing here in texas this week, too. brrr....ReplyDelete
When I first started reading your comment I thought I had another angler convert..oh well.
It's cold down south.
Beautiful fall colors for sure Al!!!! What a gem !!!ReplyDelete
A beautiful crisp November day. I see you and Mark experienced the same type of day.
It's a cold one today.
The camera work on the milk weed is amazing!! I notice you are still dealing with the leaves in places, but that is part of fall. I am really impressed with the first stream you fished, I would have to make another trip there in the near future. Thanks for sharing
That cluster just stood out. About another couple weeks for the leaves, once the snow falls that will keep them in place. That spot in that first photo always holds trout, any day, any season. And yesterday it gave me a tug but I was unable to hookup.
Nice catch. Might be a bit small but fishing in cold water can be satisfying! Nice picturesReplyDelete
This little fellow lives in a stream that probably won't allow him much more growth. But he has a concentrated beauty which is very big.
Simply amazing Alan. Your photography skills make everything just right.ReplyDelete
I think the camera should get most of the credit, all I have to do is be steady.
Saturday was a cold,clear day for sure. Looks like finding fish willing to take a fly was work for you as well as Pete and I. Nevertheless, it was a good day to be outside in the crisp air !ReplyDelete
It now looks as if Saturday was the balmy day of the weekend.
Many days are a success just by being out there, whether the fish cooperate or not. This looks like one of those days.ReplyDelete
That is so very true. And the sooner anglers recognize that the sooner the better days will be upon them.
A sweet finish to a chill autumn day, Alan. Glad you had a good time of it. Here the weather was snowy and cold, but I gave the stream a shot anyway, just to stay in touch.ReplyDelete
On cold days it's more about getting out than catching fish. Walt I think it's all good.
I wanted to head out today but was blown completely back indoors. What a phenomenal adaptation milkweed pods have developed to procreate. Thanks again Brk Trt.ReplyDelete
Sunday was a day to tie and read. Wind is hard to overcome especially with low temps.
You did the smart thing Pete.
That little brownie is lean and lanky..ReplyDelete
Mike, lots of activity, not much time to eat.
When do your fish spawn/reproduce? Ours are just a few weeks away, around Christmas time.
I could not nail down a precise time. But I have seen them spawning as early as September and as late as the end of November.
Lovely day, lovely fish.ReplyDelete
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What a beautiful day! The coffee looks really good.ReplyDelete
It was good coffee, and from a thermos.
Two of my favorite things to ward away the cold on an early Winters day...a hike along a beautiful trout stream and a hot cup of coffee!ReplyDelete
That sure knocked the edge off.