It was a still morning as I approached a long slick pool. There was a heavy riffle leading into it, and it is that riffle that I hoped I'd find a willing trout. I worked my way to a point above the riffle and positioned myself to make my casts so as to be able to cover the complete riffle. I had made several casts and did not find any takers. So I worked my way towards the pool. Most times there will be at least one brookie within the confines of such a pool but on a day like this I guessed there might be several. The fly I had on was a large dry fly, lot's of deer hair, a substantial meal. The draw back would be in the noise that would be made when it was cast upon the quiet pool. Well what the heck, let it rip I said. The fly landed on the water and began a slow slow drift. At one point it seemed the line had gotten in front of the fly. Twitching the fly and tightening the line I got it corrected. The fly remained motionless for a few moments and suddenly the pool exploded. I have seen many a rise but not like this. The fish was on and it ran me into every tight spot in that pool. I did not know what I had on, the stream has both brookies and browns. After several runs including one right at me I finally saw the trout, it was a brookie.
As I lay my hand in the water and gently lifted him out of the water to take a photo he made a bolt to freedom. The fly held and I was able to capture him for a second chance. The photo taken , the fly removed and off into the dark pool he swam.
Sounds like a lovely outing! I recently was letting a spun hair Caddis make a v-wake in a small stream and the fish were slashing at it like little steelhead!ReplyDelete
Hans small stream trout are suckers for fly movement on top. Seems it causes them to strike at it without thought.
Hope fishing has been good for you.
Every time you show off a deer hair fly I think, "I gotta' tie some of those." Every time you show off that bamboo rod I think "Yeah, I gotta' get one of them, too."ReplyDelete
Mike the deer hair flies should be no problem for you. Now as for the bamboo I would suggest if you can get your hands on one.
That is one nice brook trout. I wonder how long this brook trout called that pool his home. Thanks for sharing
Bill brookies are nomads, they will move about the stream often. Now low water can restrict that movement at times but for the most part they will travel.
Nice one Alan, I'll wager that one bent yer boo...and raised your pulse some. I love it when a fish smashes a dry fly.ReplyDelete
Matt it sure did. The rod held up to it's part very well. Surface action can be spectacular.
Great story and a fine looking brookie. Thanks for sharing.
Joe in times of low water finding a brookie like that was real special for me...and I did not spook him.
Especially looking at where he came from.
Beautiful brook trout, Alan! It amazes me how hard they can hit a dry fly and the power they have once hooked. I caught a 10 or 11 incher the other night and it was darn close to taking line out. Briefly I thought it was one of the good sized stocked rainbows DFW puts in.ReplyDelete
Sam wild brook trout have a tenacity for life like no other fish. Most time we take for granted this fact. A 10" brookie is a fight you won't soon forget. Congrats on that bookie.
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