This is an area we visited last Spring. It had a good reputation in the area of wild brook trout and needed some exploration. On that first visit I found a few fish but it did not live up to what I was told about it. I just thought this just maybe a down cycle year for brookies in this stream. Fast forward to the beginning of October we went back, only armed with a good topo map and a decent road to access the area. On the map I noticed several small streams that over time had a beaver dam issue. As I neared the stream I could see one beaver dam that appeared active. Investigating further I saw a couple more of them.
One of the streams that connect these ponds. It's an easy walk most times but at this point it gives me problems. So take it easy Alan.
This little pond is a gem. It has two streams feeding it, and I'm sure an underground cold water source. It's not very deep and the bottom is black with dead leaves.
But a dry fly allowed to float will be met with a nasty strike.
This pool was so clear. I know there were brookies in it but some were very shy.
And some were not so shy.
Along the left side there was a trail sort of. We were able to access the waters further in.
I assured Jeanette that the path was OK.
There was a time when I could cover a place like this in a few hours, now I only scratched the surface. I hope to finally fish most of the area before the snow flies.
This is true natural wild beauty...Connecticut style.
This is beautiful specimen of brook trout, it has a very dark color...maybe due to the change of season to autumn.ReplyDelete
Armand some of the streams have lots of dark tannin in them. This is caused from so many hemlock trees in the watershed. And as you stated the Autumn brings out some beautiful colors on the male brookies.
Chunky looking brook trout and lovely looking water.
The photo of you and Jeanette holding hands warmed my heart. My good lady, Lynda, and I have been together for over 40 years. How long for you two, if you dont mind me asking?
Steve she was a bit skeptical about walking that muddy trail. Congrats on your 40 years together. This November 17th Jeanette and I will celebrate 51 years marriage.
One of your best pics ever: Flannel and Fleece. The big brookie ain't bad either...ReplyDelete
Mike she was quite skeptical...lots of mud and water about but the path was quite dry. I wonder where these brookies winter over...it must be quite the "yard".
Alan. congratulations on the 51 years. and the very nice brookies.ReplyDelete
Dave I'll relay your congrats to my better half. Oh and the brookies were a hand full of joy. Great day for everyone.
Easily one of your most pleasing fishing, photographic CT. travelogues that I have read. I felt like I was along with the two of you.ReplyDelete
Well bill I was glad to have you with us. On top of the success the brookies contributed the weather was just spectacular. These have been great days here in New England.
All I can say is WOW and thank you and your wife for sharing your wonderful walk!ReplyDelete
Sir we appreciate that. And we enjoy doing it.
I have a feeling those pools whole more quality brook trout. You guys be careful when walking among those slippy rocks. I don't want either of you to take a tumble! Do you all use a wading staff? I never venture on the tailrace now without my wading staff.
By the way, what type of walking shoes do you wear? Thanks for sharing
Bill caution is key, no fast pace out there. I don't wade the streams much and when the need is there to cross the stream I'll pick up a stick and use it. Wading staffs are important in bigger rivers. I use Merrell hiking shoes. Low cut.
From the looks of what you did catch, I'd say it's worth your time.ReplyDelete
Mark I agree. There is one pool in that stream that baffles the hell out me. Brookies in there and I can't catch one.
Presence in time and place. Beautiful post.ReplyDelete
Well said Lars.
Absolutely wonderful post Alan as always! I especially like the pic where you and Jeanette are leaning on each other for support and stability! God bless both of you as you journey on towards the golden years!ReplyDelete
The brookies from that stream(s) are coal black! It makes the look more menacing!
Doug, lots of support and it works. That last fellow had a bit of the devil in it's look.
Been busy for the last couple weeks which included tying up some size 14 Crowningshields, and actually getting out for a change up in the Poconos, and I can report that the wild browns of McMichael Creek did favorably respond, despite it not being particularly dry fly weather lately! That fly is a keeper!ReplyDelete
Kevin I'm so glad you have been able to fish, and the area is a favorite of mine. Just yesterday my son and I were talking of fishing a stream in the Hawley-Honesdale area back in the 90's. The Crowningshield will keep producing right until the ice lines the banks...fish on.
Those Brookies look almost primordial in their dark colours.......
We have reintroduced beavers here in the UK, much to the consternation of many in the game angling sector. However, the ones which are present here are the European species which I have been told aren't quite the industrious creatures in the states. Time will tell if they are a benefit or a blight to our streams and the wildlife that call Those waters home.
Take care and stay safe
Alistair, I'm certain your evironmental experts researched their decision to reintroduce beavers. I can tell you this from a long time dealing with these critters that they can be absolute demons when it comes to brook trout habitat. I had one official tell me that they may decimate an entire brook trout habitat, but they will create an entirely new habitat for other fish and wildlife... hope it turns out better for you folks.
It looks like you did well! It must be a great stream if just scratching the surface can yield fish like that. It looks like a rainy week ahead.ReplyDelete
Shawn with these heavy rains it's going to be tough in there. Looking forward to more poking about later this week.