For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, July 16, 2015
A field of color, and a handful of color.
Wednesday was a transition day for our weather. It was a very humid morning which turned even more so as the day progressed, but thankfully that was pushed out and a more refreshing day followed. But this post is about the nasty day before and one of my finest days of fishing to date. It seems that this year I have had several of those days and just when I think that was my best another one comes along. I can't explain it but perhaps it had something to do with that awful winter we went through.
I arrived at the parking area and the first sight I see is this beautiful field of wild flowers, what a beginning. Geared up I started upstream. There is a small foot bridge where I usually toss my first fly and today was no exception. The fly hit the water and was soon taken.
Someone once said "never pass up a pool under a bridge", I'll never argue with such wisdom.
My first brook trout of the day. These fish are so spunky, and beautiful.
You can see the humidity. The cool waters gave a look of Halloween at times. I fished this stream for quite some time. I was fortunate to take a few brookies along the way.
All outings come to a close, and I don't complain for I know I'll have many more chances to to cast a fly on such intimate waters. This was my last run I was to fish. I started the fly drifting when a trout rose and missed the offering. I retrieved the fly and waited a few moments and sent it off again. This time as the fly completed its drift and hung there the trout rose again, and again he missed. While retrieving again I saw the trout swim up from behind and pounce on the fly. Hook set and the glass 3wt bent. A brief battle ensued, the fish running to every location in the area. Eventually the 3wt won.
As the trout laid at my feet I could not describe my feeling. I have caught many brook trout in my life but when I come upon one like this I still get shaky, and that's the truth. He was incredibly beautiful, the photo does not show it's true magnificence. A fast photo, really two and off he went.
This day started bright and colorful, and ended even more so.