Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new small stream

I had been told by another seasonal CT DEEP employee that a very small stream in a neighboring town had been surveyed and a good number of brookies had been counted.  I went there this afternoon to fish a short stretch right beside a main road and see if this info would translate into me catching any of its residents.  As you can see below, the Ausable Wulff dry was able to fool a couple very nice fish.  With any luck I'll be able to get permission to go upstream through a couple of homeowner's properties and see what is present up in the woods away from the road.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good news

I have fished this stream a number of times over the last few years and have always caught of few nice wild brookies (and an occasional brown) whenever I have visited it.  However, after the long winter and some serious rains, when I returned this spring I discovered that the structure of the stream had changed dramatically.  I also found that there was no response to my fly offerings.  I was very concerned that the resident population of wild fish had not survived the ravages of mother nature.

When I returned to the stream this week I was very encouraged when an enthusiastic brown pounced on a Royal Wulff dry in the first large pool that I fished.  Further downstream I was able to entice two healthy brookies to take a dry fly (the smaller of which is pictured below).  On my way out I went up a small feeder brook and was rewarded with catching/releasing the largest fish of the visit after it fell for a Usual (second fish below).

I'm hoping that these represent only a small sample of the wild fish normally present in this beautiful stretch of water or at least the beginning of their return.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May fish

Some of the fish that I've caught in May with my Fenwick FF605 glass fly rod.  I've read that this rod is a gas to fish with and I couldn't agree more.