Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last chance..

I couldn't let the end of the month go by without getting out for one last visit to a couple of little streams that are relatively nearby.  Unfortunately, the only streams that can be fished for the next month and a half are the Class 1, which puts a damper on the search for wild trout.  While I'm sure that I will visit some Class 1 streams during the restricted period, all other stream walks will be of the scouting variety.  Today I went back to my recently posted stream to see if the rain and snow melt had brought any of its residents to life.  The answer was an unequivocal no.  Rather than return home discouraged I went to a nearby stream, most of which I had never seen.  While I saw a number a great looking pools and riffles, nothing responded to the flies that I drifted downstream.  In spite of the lack of luck finding any fish, on my way back to the truck I decided to fish a section that I had skipped on my way upstream.  I was more that surprised when the brown trout pictured below came up from behind the Picket Pin I was slowly retrieving and nailed it on its second attempt.  It is very unlikely that this stream receives any stocked fish.  A few of my DEP fisheries friends looked at the photo and all thought that this was in fact a wild fish.  A very nice way to end month.


  1. Don't forget to try the coastal streams! No seasons on most streams south of rt 1 & 95!
    That stream looks nice... really clear water. Nice wild trout!

  2. Good idea. Thanks. I forgot about the I95 boundary. The two streams in that area are very similar in appearance, certainly a result of the local geology. Lots of sand on their bottoms. At least a few brookies and brown(s) have been found to inhabit them. It will be interesting in the spring to see how they fish.

  3. I agree, it's wild.
    Nice size brown. Good thing that you went.

  4. Very nice getting out before the end of the month and catch what looks to be a decent brown!!! In general the wild fish have a bright red edge on the adipose fin. It's a little tough to see in the photo because of angle of the fish relative to the ambient light