Another Connecticut stream that flows near a red barn. A beautiful stream with lots of interesting pools and an abundance of wind blown timber. It flows through a very steep ravine and it can be a challenge and caution is required. The stream holds wild brown and brook trout, and in the fall takes on some very large brown trout migrating up the little stream in search of spawning area. My luck in this stream has been with brook trout, I think I have only taken one brown. I tend to fish these waters in the spring, and I don't know why for the area has to be awesome as the leaves turn.
I've given this stream the name "Tumbledown Brook", and there are parts of it that you'll do just that.
The stream is well shaded and runs cool. One other inhabitant of the area is the black snake and water snake. Man I've seen a few beauts.
The true reason for fishing here are the brook trout. As you can see they to have a distinct coloration that must have something to do with the water they live in.
They also love to rise to the dry fly.
This wild one has a yellow wing bomber in the corner of its mouth.
As I look at the calendar I see I have only a couple of months to wait until I pass the red barn on the way to "Tumbledown"
Great Post as always!! We have only had one taste of winter so far, unlike last year, so maybe we will have a thaw and you can get out and visit that stream!
Pete the fluffy white stuff was not as bad as predicted, at least here.
I'll take you to that stream come April.
Tumbledown,looks like an appropriate name for an area that can't be easy to walk. Those fish are beautiful,love the vivid parr markings. It always interest me when it comes to wild trout the colorations they take on depending on the water and feed that is prevalent. Another great barn Alan. We are losing a lot of our great barns due to unwillingness to preserve them and greed. It's more profitable to sell the land, tear down the barn and cut it up for flooring to send out west. It's a shame. Why are we so willing to get rid of our past? Thank you for the show.ReplyDelete
Brad that is so true...once it's gone it can not be replaced.
As far as a willingness to rid ourselves of the past I don't know, but I am not a part of it.
Alan - what nice looking water! thanks for showing us a little green this snowy monday morningReplyDelete
Mark it is a welcome view...of things to come.
I had fish rising there back in December on that little #20 fly I tied and gave to you on New Year's Day. I dubbed it an "Ausable Gnat". Anything an orange body, hot orange thread and brown & grizzly hackle reminds me of Fran's flies. ;-) I lost a good sized brown in the deep pool on a streamer a few years back. There were a group of bait fisherman there one winter day having no luck while I caught and released a few brookies on Picket Pins. They looked on in amazement and decided to leave because of the cold. :-)ReplyDelete
John I remember you telling me that on NYD. That stream needs some going over, just don't know when I'll do that now with the snow.
You had me scared there for a minute when you said "Tumbledown". Glad it was naming the stream, which is an awesome looking piece of water, and not you taking a header. We older guys can't do that very often.ReplyDelete
Mark I came close several times on that stream. Now I fish the safer areas.
love the barn with its flag and message. :)ReplyDelete
Theresa there are still a few of us around that can really appreciate places as such.
It warmed me just a little to see that beautiful bit of green. You could probably spend days there and never see another soul.ReplyDelete
John we all need a little warm comfort. That stream can get some traffic at times usually in those first warm days of spring.
Fantastic looking stream; moss covered rocks can produce falls, I know I've had it happen to me--be careful. A nice size brook trout you landed. Thanks for sharing
Bill safety first. There is no rushing when fishing such streams.
Love the feel of that stream. It is freestone, yet well shaded--an interesting combination that seems to be somewhat unique to Connecticut. I think it's those dark rocks that give the brook trout the dark coloring. It's amazing how every stream's brook trout is different.ReplyDelete
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Jon those hemlocks and hardwoods...wild trout paradise. CT. has some diversity in its brook trout, you have seen some of that.
Of all of the stream pictures you have shared, I think this one may be my favorite! Beautiful! That barn has a lot of character, and I like that. Tells you a story of the winters it's endured.ReplyDelete
Justin the area has some very interesting early history also.
Winters that can be brutal in the area.
I just love old barns and that one like the others is a beauty. Unusual coloring as you mentioned on those brookies. Interested in finding out more.ReplyDelete
Howard there are many color variations in the brook trout. Biologists say it has to do with their habitat. Food may have some input also.