Irene came and left about a week ago but many are still without power. We made out pretty well with just a few large trees down that fortunately did not do too much damage.I did manage to get out for a couple of hours to a wild trout stream that I haven't fished since the spring. The water was reasonable clear but was up to spring time levels with lots of limbs in the water. As best I could tell the fish were holding in the same places they were the last time I was there. I spent the late afternoon/early evening drifting an Elk hair caddis through the riffles at the head of the pools and hooked quite a few brookies and browns with just a few brought to hand. It was nice to see this little stream had weathered to storm.
This past weekend we traveled up to the Adirondacks and both the CT and Hudson rivers were still high and muddy even a week later. As we traveled through the Albany NY area you could still see the effects of the severe flooding this area sustained and shut down the NYS thruway for several days. I was not sure what to expect as we traveled further north, as I had seen reports of flooding throughout the Adirondack Park. The rivers we passed were at springtime levels but were relatively clear.
I did manage a couple of hours on a nearby brook that I've been exploring. The rains had brought the brook up to a nice level and I was able to bring a few brook trout to hand. Some were starting to show their fall colors.
|A promising look spot but a stealthy approach was needed|
|A local resident|
|Another favorite hiding place|
|Showing the colors of fall and a slightly kyped jaw|