|A simple and effective feather-wing streamer|
My last few outings have been pretty productive, after all it's the end of January and my ability to get a fish to strike at something really needed some thought. When water conditions are cold insect activity is not at it's best and a slower metabolism of the trout usually does not bring banner catches. But a one or two fish outing is fine with me but I was given a couple of days of "put this down in the journal" results. The flies chosen to take the heavy lifting were streamers. Hair wing, feather-wing and marabou. These flies are scaled down to the size of the fish presumed to be in the stream I'm fishing. A good read on the stream as in speed of flow, the pockets and seams where fish maybe holding all comes into the mix.
Looking at the stream photo you can see the slack area of soft water, a likely fish holding area, yes it was and I took a nice brookie from there. Now on the other hand you can see the swifter flow of water towards the bank. A streamer was cast so the current allowed it to drift to almost right under the bank.
As the streamer stopped it's swing a brookie hit. Into the current he stayed trying to get his freedom. Soon he was at hand and soon he was back into the stream.
A little bit about the fly. It was gifted to me by a fellow who reads this blog He hails from Ohio and is known as "dougsden"...one of the flies is this red and white marabou streamer. While most would think a yellow and red combination would be better suited for brook trout like the "Mickey Finn" the red and white has been a producer for many years. As a kid I fished a Red and White spoon with success. And going over to fly fishing the Red and White bucktail has earned a permanent spot in my fly box. One day when I get the urge to type I'll tell you a story of the Red and White bucktail and it's day in the sun while fishing Upper-dam in Rangeley Maine.
Another stunning January small stream brook trout on the Red and White marabou.
Not the usual food featured at SSR's but it's was what I had in the fridge from the night before. Starting my fishing later in the day I need to take something to eat for lunch, and this was it...roast chicken, seasoned with spices and cayenne pepper. It's amazing how simple food can taste gourmet out on the stream.