Friday, October 2, 2020

Concentrated Sweetness.....

As you can see the fall foliage is getting better. The rain has helped to bring out some deeper colors but with the wind associated with the rain took down a lot of leaves. This weekend should be a great one to get out and view what is so beautiful. Keep in mind it is a short season.

We have been blessed with some much needed rain. I'm optimistic about the next month as far as continued rain is concerned. I visited a couple of streams yesterday and found they were doing well as far as flows are concerned.

 

 

This is a scene you'll be seeing a lot of in the next couple of months. I love apples, small streams and bamboo. The crop here in CT. has been great, but the lack of rain during the growing season has given us smaller fruit. But by being smaller they are great deal sweeter....small in size equals concentrated sweetness, just like small stream wild brook trout.

A fly that has been working...orange silk wrapped with peacock herl with gray partridge. I'll be out over the weekend, most likely in Massachusetts. Be safe......




 

15 comments:

  1. Hi Alan,

    Those fall colours are looking good there and your softs look good too - I think a similar pattern may end up in my fly boxes next season.

    The autumn colours here in Yorkshire are building up nicely (not to the same extent as the New England colours though). We have had a bumper season with apples, so far we have had the following from my dads allotment: Cox's Orange Pippin; Worcester Pearmain; Bramley Seedling and American Mother.

    I had my last trout trip of the season down to the little river Leven on Wednesday. The stream was a good height, cool and clear providing me with 5 good fit and fiesty trout (ready to produce the next generation).

    Look forward to your posts from Massachusetts.

    Take Care & Stay Safe

    Alistair

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    1. Alistair
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      Alistair lots of good materials in those little soft hackles.
      Most apple types are good for me, but I love Gala's....
      A good ending to your trout season, if I'm not mistaken you now have a season for Grayling

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    2. Hi Alan

      Egremont Russet apples are my favorite, but they have such a short season.....

      Yes now it is time to concentrate on the 'lady of the stream', lets hope for a calm autumn and crisp frosty winter

      Take care

      Alistair

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    3. Alistair I'm in agreement with you on autumn and winter. The weather forecasters, I mean the real ones in the natural world say we may have a cold snowy winter.

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  2. The grouse hunting has been very good to this point. But like the apples, the birds are noticeably small this season. We've been in an extreme drought up here and all the mast crops that our wildlife usually survives on has been decimated. Love the bodies on your P&O's! Have fun in Mass.

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    1. mike
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      Mike I'll bet they are much tastier.
      The mast crop here has been good and I think it will be a good source for the wildlife that depend on it. What I have noticed is that some acorns are small and some are quite large.

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  3. Alan, so grateful for the much needed rain, hopefully more to come. I love the colors and apples this time of year also. The brown that has taunted me twice did so once again at dark tonight. A muddler minnow fished on top drew an explosion, but no connection! After that, nothing doing, my third encounter with that fish!

    Best, Sam

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    1. Sam
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      Sam that's an on going battle you have established with this brown. It's amazing how we know that it's the "same" fish. As an angler we can remember those nuances and just know we are dealing with the same fish. It's going to be a fine weekend and I hope you have the chance to go back and get him.

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    2. Alan, I am pretty sure it is the same brown that becomes active in a heavily fished zone as darkness falls. I am not a night fisherman, but have seen many interesting things on the stream this time of year when it gets close to getting dark and I can't see my fly any longer.

      Best, Sam

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    3. Sam, I'm certain your brown is the same one. And one time his ability to elude you will change. It would be nice for you to bring him to the net, but the mystery of him being out there is also a big part.

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  4. On top of Covid-19, fires, and not going out, we now have a trout pandemic. Hey, kick us when we're down. Take a look.
    https://www.facebook.com/265097290192284/posts/3339687296066586/?d=n

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark I'll have to check it out.

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  5. Alan
    I can't decide which image needs to be framed---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill tough decisions, but they're the ones we love.

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