Saturday, January 28, 2017

Recent outings

 Some pictures from recent outings.  Note the darkness of the brown.  It was caught in the same stream that produced the last two brookies.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day 1, 2017

Our annual first of the year fishing meeting was conducted in fairly remarkable winter conditions.  Reasonable air temp (in the 40s) and good stream flows provided us the opportunity to spend many hours outside pursuing our favorite pastime.  While the water was cold, its beautiful inhabitants were still willing to reveal themselves, at least on occasion.  I only landed a few, but have no complaints.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

It makes you wonder

I was told about this place by a friend and since I was nearby I decided to check it out.  When I got to the site the fish that inhabited the pool were rising to invisible emerging insects.  I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I caught 5 or 6 wild brookies in this one pool, using the pink worm, an elk hair caddis and even a wet fly.  While I caught nothing downstream of this pool, I did spook one fish that was lurking in the fairly shallow riffles I passed by.  Maybe under better conditions (i.e. more water) additional brookies would be observed inhabiting this small stream.

It does not surprise me that so many fish were present in this one pool, since it was clearly the deepest pool available in the section of the stream that I fished.  However, it just makes me wonder how many culvert pools exist in CT that are inhabited by these magnificent fish.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Why September and October are saltwater time for me

In my world, the beauty of brook trout is matched by only one other fish that I pursue, the little tunny.  These fish are why I concentrate on saltwater fishing in September and October.  Their speed and power is breathtaking.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Recent CT Class 1 outings

Mostly browns thus far, but the fish are perking up.  I have had most of my luck with wet flies and the Ausable Ugly.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Inadvertent trespassing for fish

I was driving from one stream to another yesterday and crossed a small but interesting looking brook.  Remembering that I wanted to explore this water I stopped, backed up and parked.  Grabbing my rod I worked my way downstream, fishing some nice looking water but catching nothing.  When I got to the pool pictured below I finally felt a bump and after a few fly changes hooked and landed the only brookie willing to play through this stretch of water.  As I moved downstream I found a driveway spanning the brook, so I headed to the road for the walk back to the car.  Along the way I saw numerous NO TRESPASSING signs posted and was embarrassed to find that I had actually parked right under one.  I guess I won't be doing any more exploring of this small stream.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A little exploration

I returned to a stream yesterday that I had previously visited, once alone and once with Alan.  My first visit proved to be fruitless, but when I returned with Alan I caught two nice brookies in one pool (oddly, neither of us saw anything else in the rest of the stream).  Knowing that the stream flowed under a highway I was interested in seeing what the downstream section had to offer.  On the upstream segment I once again hooked (but lost) two fish in one pool and again saw nothing else.  When I came back from the downstream side I returned to the pool and this time hooked and brought to hand one nice brookie (shown below).

After working my way down to the highway, I jogged across the four lanes (separated by a median)  and fished my way downstream, finding what appeared to be some very nice water.  One thing I immediately noticed was that the stream bed contained a lot of sand.  After fishing for a few hundred feet and getting no response to a variety of flies I came to the conclusion that the sand undoubtedly came from highway runoff and that maybe the almost yearly contamination of it with sand and road salt had destroyed it as brookie habitat.  If true, what a terrible shame as this stretch was really quite nice and has probably been untouched in years.