I went out for a few hours mid week to see if I could coax a few trout into taking the fly. The day was kind of drab and cool and the last of the leaf displays were in show, although well past peak. The stream was in good shape and the trout were not in the pools but in water that was on the move. They were not receptive to dry flies, the Bomber and a Stimulator went unmolested. As soon as a wet fly was sent into action the strike rate went up. While the amount of hits to hookups was not record breaking they were enough to keep this angler happy.
These little guys were in various places along the stream. They grow in clusters and are a brilliant green. I don't know what they are called, but I'm sure one of my readers will give me an answer.
This is the fly that was the work horse today. About as simple as it gets. The rusty antron dubbing was key I believe.
In this run I played with a brook trout. The first drift near the rock brought a nice hit. Momentarily the fish was on, then he was gone. Even thought the water is but 8 to 10 inches deep I could not see the fish. This happened several times, and what surprised me is that he attempted to take the same fly. I decided to rest the run for awhile and moved on upstream. On my way back I attempted to fish here again. I sent the fly out and as it drifted past the rock the brookie hit. This time I saw him and this time he was hooked.
He ran up and down the little pool. The brookie knew where to go to find safety and tried very much to go there. In the end the rod was the winner and I had in my hand a jewel. A quick photo and he was off.
Hook, TMC 3761 #14...Thread, Hot Orange...Dubbing, Gray Superfine dubbed sparsely so that the orange thread shows...Thorax, Rust antron dubbing...Hackle, Partridge.
Nice brookie & wet fly Alan!ReplyDelete
John it came together well.
i always enjoy the scenes you share.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoy them.
That is a beautiful "Fall" Brookie, Alan! Even though the bite was a little slower, as it may get this time of year, your tenacity pays off.ReplyDelete
Mel it was a bit off, but I could not have been doing better.
What a beautiful brookie! An average day on the water is better than a good day anywhere else. Nice wet fly. I have one question: where do you get your tying materials?ReplyDelete
RI brook trout,Delete
Very true buddy.
I get my materials several places. I have a local fly shop that stocks most everything. A Cabelas is very close.
And for online sales I highly recommend Bears Den Fly Shop in SE Mass.
Lovely Brookie Alan, glad you had a cast for him on the way back down so we could see his autumn colours.ReplyDelete
I was not going to let that opportunity slide.
Those above covered everything. Just to let you know I'm following along.ReplyDelete
You are indeed a loyal follower, and I appreciate it.
Alan, the plant is Lycopodium ludiculum, the Shining Clubmoss. Common in wet woodlands. It stays green all year and is related to ferns.ReplyDelete
I knew someone would name it. Thanks Gary.
Nice work, Alan. I was gonna say that the atttractive plant pic is "clubmoss," but see that someone else beat me more specifically to the punch. As for the beautiful brook trout, maybe it felt more competitive at spawning time than hungry, thus repeatedly went after the intruder.ReplyDelete
Walt you may have nailed it.
Looks awesome to me Alan - what a pretty stream... and man, what a fish there. Amazing in color and size. the head on it is amazing!ReplyDelete
Will the stream is tops, still learning its ways.
Love those wet flies!ReplyDelete
They have been working very well.
A pretty fish there Brk Trt..ReplyDelete