Friday, June 18, 2021

"Red Brook".....a return.

It has been about two years since we last pulled up in front of this restaurant in Buzzards Bay, Mass. A lot has come and gone since that visit with exception that the fact remains it is an outstanding place to get filled up on some carbs and coffee. The staff here are like family with one waitress remembering Jeanette and I from two years ago. We were delighted with our breakfast and were eager to reach our destination which was The Lyman Reserve and Red Brook. You probably remember the fight that took place earlier this year when there was a plan to develop the wetlands that create part of Red Brook. With the efforts of many like minded people especially on the grassroots level the plan was scrapped. The salters of Red Brook can again swim without worry. We must remain on guard though because to become lazy would surely lead to disaster.
 

 

As we drove into the parking area The Lyman Cottage seemed to say hello. It looks the same with exception of a lot of green growth.
 

Red Brook where it is at the entrance of Buttermilk Bay. This is salt water. As you can see it was a low tide and the pools bottom is visible. I like this pool for it is easy to cast, and will provide for a fish or two. I was excited to be finally able to fish for these incredible sea run brook trout. Their story is astounding and I have no other words to describe it. I cast into what I though would be a likely spot to search for a salter. I do not expect any action for awhile until I figure it out. But on the second cast the streamer took a violent hit, and a salter was on.
 

A Red Brook salter taken in tide water. These fish have unbelievable strength and do not come to hand easily. Streamers are the best flies to use when fishing here. As these fish move up into the brook they will again start feeding on insects.
 


 

As you move further upstream you can see the structure in stream that was put there in the restoration of Red Brook. It is this structure that provides cover for the salters as well as control of the sand that this stream has.
 

This guy was still in his sea coat. Obviously it had been in the bay feeding. It came from under a bank to smack a streamer.
 


 It felt good to be back "home" after such a long time.

 

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    1. Anonymous
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      It feels wonderful to be able to post again.

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  2. Welcome back. So good to see your post. And I always love reading about the salters. The picture of the trout in his "sea coat" is fascinating.

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    1. Keith
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      Keith the salter is a very unique creature and they intrigue me to the limits.

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  3. Welcome back. I made a trip to Red Brook before the Covid thing hit. Walked the entire brook up to the highway and back. About half way the path pulls away from the brook, but it was still a nice walk, even in waders. I did see fish but couldn't get a spot to cast from. I'll try again, hopefully soon.

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    1. Edge
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      The upper brook has never been productive for me. The fish were gorgeous but they were few. When the watercress is in bloom the fishing is tough but the strikes come more often.

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  4. Brk Trt, its nice to see your back plain and simple.
    Again, nice post....Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY
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      Phil it's nice to be back...simple without question.

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  5. Welcome back, Alan. It's good to see you again; we were worried.

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    1. mike
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      Good to be at it again. I had to come to grips on an issue and some reflecting in special places helped.

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  6. Those are some fantastic fish! It is great to learn about places like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Shawn
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      Shawn if given the chance Red Brook is a place to visit. I never tire of walking it's banks and catching one of those truly special brook trout.

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  7. Alan
    Glad to see you back casting again for those awesome brook trout. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill it feels good to be back.

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  8. G'Day Alan,
    Glad to see you back. Lovely brookies and water.
    Kindest Regards,
    Steve.

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  9. Welcome back Alan! Fishing for Salters is something I have never done but hopefully the future will allow it. Great looking brookies and thanks for sharing.

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat I hope you get the chance to fish for these really special fish. Some say they are just brookies but if you take the time to look into the remarkable lives they lead you'll think differently.

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  10. I’m so glad that things worked out for you. Welcome back! You have been missed by all.

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    1. Resman549
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      Lets just say I look at things a bit more closely now. A better stronger person for sure.

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  11. SO glad to see you back! Missed your posts with my morning coffee.

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    1. billp
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      Bill I'm enjoying my morning coffee now, and i appreciate the comments. Ever heard of "Red Brook Tenkara"?

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  12. Hi Alan,

    Not only is it good to see you back blogging again, but it is also good to see Red Brook again (especially with the news that the development plans have been canned!). Thank you for taking us on your journey to its waters once more.

    Take care and stay safe

    Alistair

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    1. Anonymous
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      Alistair yes that was a big victory being able to get that development scrapped. But I'm sure they will try again.

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  13. welcome back Alan, beautiful panorama in sight ..

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando hopefully there will be many more "panoramas"..for all of us.

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  14. Nope, never heard of it. I assume you'll need a longer rod cause they are spooky?

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  15. Those pictures made my day!
    All the best, John

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  16. Those pictures made my day!
    All the best, John

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