Always wanted to but never did. This is a blue line that has been in the back of my mind for years. I first came upon it when I saw a fellow camping out of his truck near it. When questioned about it he replied I don't really fish. Well I have decided to try it out this spring. It looks to be one of those streams with a problem with access. The banks are rocky and with my always sore knee I'll have to be careful. Once in the stream I should have no issues with movement.
This is one of the great things about small streams, it offers you a mystery of sorts, will there be fish or not. Are they going to be trout or something else. It offers plenty of room to cast unlike many small blue lines. The Tiny Ten would be perfect here. It also has plenty of hemlocks and pine which I think are a key to the stream holding brook trout.
It is pretty wide open here, a simple Partridge and Orange should work. Perhaps a Bomber?
The "Maple Syrup"...a creation of Alvin Theriault of Staceyville ME....it is about as simple a fly as there is. Two materials. It is the nymph of the Hexagenia. I fish it as a nymph and a wet fly.
I tie it with a tail of yellow hackle but Alvin uses yellow calftail. I often wondered if yellow marabou would also work.
The other maple syrup. This jug from CT's Lamothe's Sugar House. Did you know that Connecticut is 10th in the US as far as maple syrup production goes. A little state that is quite sweet.
Alvin's shop is amazing. It's also the only shop up here, ...and a two hour ride south for me. The 'Maple syrup' is such a simple fly that I can't leave well enough alone; I add stuff to it, sometimes a sparse veil of partridge hackle for a collar. Alvin laughs at me and says I'm just wasting material.ReplyDelete
Mike fiddling around with success seems futile. As Alvin said your wasting material. But I must say i have thought of a little modification myself.
Nothing new under the sun, reminds me of Mark Sosin's Blossom flies for saltwater.ReplyDelete
Try the fly Bill it's awesome.
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Nothing like real maple syrup.ReplyDelete
Mark your right. This fly was designed for lake-pond use. It might work where you fish.
Nice post, do you fish the Maple Syrup in streams and rivers with success?ReplyDelete
I do fish it mostly in streams and it's really successful. As far as ponds go I do use it and have had success with bass and bluegills.
They are certainly loving the orange right now. Natty and I shook hands with fifteen or so wild ones today.ReplyDelete
Nate, orange is a good brookie color. You guys had a awesome day. Natty is an angler to be reckoned with.
She's liable to shove you out of the way to net your fish for you...Delete
Nate I would be very happy to have her net my fish.Delete
You're on. I've got some water picked out but if it's your choosing; all the better.Delete
James Babb, former editor for Greys Sporting and Tom Hennesey, late outdoor editor for the Bangor News, spoke highly of the maple syrup fly. It is a killer for brookies in Maine.ReplyDelete
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John the Maple Syrup is a true gem from the state of Maine. I read a nice article by Tom Hennesey about the fly. In it he says it's an exquisitely tied fly. Wonderful article.
In a small that small, I assume the brook trout would be located mostly in the pocket holes? thanks for sharing
Bill they will be found within sight of deeper water. They will at times move into the riffles for food.
Maple syrup is a brand new fly to me, so there are new things under the sun now and then. I confess a sudden urge for homemade blueberry pancakes with bacon.ReplyDelete
Kevin I urge you to tie and fish this fly. Your breakfast ideas just gave me an incentive to enjoy.
It would never have occurred to me to make a marabou fly sweet ... !! a great idea Alan ... will trout like to eat sweet .. ??ReplyDelete
Armando trout love sweet. Marabou is very seductive.