You have read many times in my posts a reference of "brook trout forest". It is but three words of a title to that wonderful book by Kathy Scott that has so much meaning to me. Brook Trout Forest came full circle to me this past weekend when Jeanette and I paid a visit to a stream within the southern part of the Green Mountains. A lovely area that is part of the headwaters of the Deerfield river. It is a place I first visited five years ago just a few months after it was forever protected. I have over the last five years visited here several times and have become close to this area in mind and soul. It is very rugged and peaceful and will strain your resources but I'll never whimper for it will refresh you in such a way that is hard to put into words. So come along with me and enjoy "brook trout forest"....
The trail as it winds down the mountain. Gentle here and welcomed by two seasoned hikers.
The river a destination like no other. Very large boulders in parts of this stream which lead to some peaceful pools.
I did not where waders choosing hiking shoes instead. Wet wading was not planned but did occur.
The crystal clear water of this pool actually held brook trout...can't see them, but they see you.
Wild jewel is how I describe what is in my hand. He still swims the waters of "brook trout forest"..
This one of the first pools I fished when came here five years ago. It has changed over the years but still has what it takes to keep all happy.
As we walked back the sky bid us farewell....
Pretty stream! Looks like one of Bill Skilton's ants?ReplyDelete
Bill that it is. An absurdly easy pattern to tie and is ever effective. The other fly is Better's Ausable Wulff.
Love the photography.ReplyDelete
David good photography is made easy when the subjects are the focus...I'm fortunate to find some beautiful subjects to take pictures of.
Serenity is abundant in the Brook Trout Forest. Thanks for the last picture. I've forgotten what clear sky looks like.ReplyDelete
You guys really have it rough out there. It looks like they can't contain the fires.
So many places for those colorful brook trout to hide. A great hike along with a great stream to fish, what was the temp? By the way when do you guys get your first frost? Thanks for sharing
Bill the air temp was in the mid seventies, water was 62.
Frost time is usually mid October.
There's so much beauty in those photos of the brook trout forest. Thanks for sharing it with us and letting us see it as if through your eyes. My life is so much better for it.
Steve I try to show as much of my outings as I can. Trees, flowers rabbits etc. It's all part of what I experience.
Thank you and Jeanette for taking us along on your journey to southern Vermont. I am thankful that area will remain protected and beautiful. I was especially happy to see nice water flow in the stream and good pools for the brookies to make a living in. Those brook trout are gems who's ancestors got up there in those waters after the last ice age. It never fails to amaze me the thought of that.ReplyDelete
Sam it was actually northern Mass. on the VT border. They got some nice downpours in the days before we went up so the streams were stable which should hold into the fall.
Brook trout intrigue me, every time I catch one I marvel at what they are and what they have endured for centuries. I never tire of them.
Alan, That lifted my mood completely having ricked my back somehow working on one of our sheds I've had to cancel my fishing so I'll be working on prints instead. Frustrating but we all do it. Stay safe and keep posting these wonderful pictures. JohnReplyDelete
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John I chuckled when I read "ricked" my back...not that it's funny what happened to you but the fack that we "seniors" seem to be in a state of of pain from some sort of injury. My wife says it's because I'm in a hurry. I hope you feel better mate.
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