Sunday, August 29, 2010

CT Class 1 WTMA

Its been a hot dry summer here in CT and its been a long while since I fished a small stream so this afternoon, I decided to visit one of our Wild Trout Management areas. I fish the Adirondacks fairly often but I've not fished any of WTMA's much.  I left the waders at home with the 90 degree temps but when I arrived at the stream the water temp was just plain chilly.  I hiked down to an area I had seen over the winter and decided to fish back upstream to the car.  As I passed a nice pool I saw a few fish taking something off the surface.

I started with an #18 Elk hair caddis and quickly picked up a nice wild brown, followed by another.  There was still a good size fish working so crawled up on my knees to get a little closer and laid the caddis right where I had seen the larger splashes and bang, a nice brookie.  I managed another nice brown on the elk hair caddis with plenty of misses as darkness comes early this time of year.  All in all a nice afternoon fishing for wild trout.  I hope to visit some more of the CT WTMA's this fall.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A trip to the Great Northwoods

I had the chance to spend a few days last week fishing the upper reaches of the Connecticut River in the Great Northwoods of NH.  As we drove up I was very disappointed to see the lower sections of the river swollen and muddy, this was supposed to be the year that I was going to be able to fish the Connecticut under normal flows.  I was hoping to fish both the Connecticut River and some smaller streams for brook trout, but heavy thundershower activity had removed that possibility.  Fortunately, the dam at 1st lake was holding a lot of water back and kept the river clear and fishable down to the first tributary.

When we arrived we chose to fish some pocket water with a rusty brown stimulator with a red copper john as a dropper.  I quickly caught a couple of pretty rainbows.  There were a lot of fish following the stimulator but eventually turned away.  We move downstream to a popular stretch and I hooked and lost the best fish of the trip.  The fish turned on the stimulator and took it deep to the bottom of a water fall.  When I applied pressure the tippet knot gave way and off he went.

The next morning, we fished another stretch downstream and I headed upstream for some new water.  I hooked a good number of smaller landlocked salmon, including one that cleared the water after the stimulator and then proceeded to break off the tippet.  As I moved up further I found a nice deep run that yielded another rainbow on the stimulator.  We finished the day fishing an elk hair caddis near dark with a final rainbow.

The final day started off cool and overcast and I had a good feeling about things.  The morning was quite with only a small salmon for my efforts.  After a short break, I headed back to the section I had fished the day before.  The stimulator/copper john combination again proved deadly as I took the first rainbow on the dropper and a second one a few feet upstream on the stimulator.  The deep run I had fished the day before yielded another rainbow on the dropper and the water was looking good for continuing upstream.  A heavy shower forced us back to the car and an early lunch.  After lunch we headed back upstream to fish a section that had yielded fish on previous days.  Now the overcast conditions were breaking to crisp clear weather that seemed to turn the fish on.  For the next two hours I was catching fish in pocket after pocket on the stimulator with a total of 8 rainbows and numerous salmon for the day.

The only downside was not getting fish some of the smaller stream that we had wanted to visit.  In addition to fishing we were able to view some of the other wildlife in the area.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A summer morning in the Adirondacks

The morning began as most mornings do in the western Adirondacks, with a thick mist hanging over the lakes and ponds. With the thermometer at the back door reading a cool 52, I was looking forward to some early morning fishing in the mountains.

Today I had decided to explore some water I have not fished. When I arrived, the water temperature was a nice 62 but the water level was low. I had wanted to fish the Ausable Wulff, the usual, and the Ausable bomber. I started off in a long pool with the usual and was surprised by the lack of interest. I switched over to the Wulff and had the first and largest brook trout of the day. As I moved up the stream there was surprisingly little interest in the Wulff or the Ausable bomber but I did manage to bring a half dozen smaller brook trout to my hand. I guess the bright morning sun had put most of the fish in hiding.



While the fishing was not memorable, I found great pleasure in walking through these mountains seeing God’s creative glory so beautifully displayed.   The red flower is a cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you… (Matt 6:28-30)