Sunday, November 27, 2011

An Adirondack Thanksgiving

Each year our family spends thanksgiving in the Adirondacks.  The trout season is closed but I always enjoy the quite that early winter offers in the mountains.  Thanksgiving is a time for some final outdoor chores and some quite walks in the woods recalling God's rich blessings that our family has enjoyed over the course of the last year, including good health, family, and lots of opportunities to enjoy his amazing creation.

As we enter the Christmas season, this my Christmas card to all of you.  As we remember the coming of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, may the Light of the World shine brightly!.  God bless!  Mark


Sunday, November 20, 2011

On the board !!!

It was a warm sunday afternoon for mid to late November so I decided to take advantage of the warm afternoon and take another shot at hooking a broodstock Atlantic salmon.  After working down through the run, I had a tug on the #2 Mickey Fin.  As the loop between the reel and my rod hand tighten I lifted the rod and a good sized salmon broke the surface and the game was on.  After a tug of war, a few runs, I was able  to beach my first Atlantic Salmon !

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

And now for something completely different

I had the chance to meet up with Ben B. close to home for some broodstock Atlantic salmon fishing.  There is a pleasant rhythm that develops when swinging flies and although we didn't move any fish it was still a great day out learning something new to me.  I've never been that interested in two handed rods but watching Ben yesterday has me thinking about it.  He looked like he was expending a lot less effort than I was with my single handed 10ft 7wt.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's streamer time

Tuesday was another warm, clear November day here in Connecticut.  We don't see a lot of these so with a few more vacation days left, I headed out in the afternoon to another wild trout stream.  I didn't see a single person all afternoon only deer and turkey.  I love the way the warm sun filters through the forest this time of year casting it's long shadows.  There was a lot of scrambling around downed limbs and trees from the nor'easter that blew through a week and a half ago, some parts of the state are still without power.

There was no interest in the dry and the dry/dropper wasn't producing much either so I switched to streamers and my mini peacock bugger was the first choice.  Swinging in through the deeper riffles and into the softer seams produced a handful of browns and a brook trout.  The first brown had some interesting markings.

As the sun began to set and the temperature began to fall, the walk out gave glimpses of the last golden rays of the setting sun framed between the trees bringing to an end another wonderful late fall day along a wild trout stream.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A November afternoon

Yesterday was a nice warm November afternoon so I took advantage of the nice weather to get out for a couple hours on a favorite wild trout stream.  Things were pretty quite with little interest in the dry/dropper that has worked well recently.  I did find a couple wild browns interested in the bead-head pheasant tail soft hackle.  The first fish surprised me in that it was in some very shallow water along the bank out of the main current.  The second was in a similar location.   At one point in the afternoon I was joined by a flock of wild turkeys as they made their way along the bank  unaware that I was quietly watching.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Slowly coming out of the dark

Slowly power is coming back to Southern New England.  The early season snowfall came when the leaves were still on the trees.  The wet, heavy snowfall bent trees to the breaking point and pulled down power lines all across the region.  The damage is pretty staggering.  By this weekend most folks will have power restored but the clean up will take a while.  These storms have a way of reminding us how fortunate we are in this country to have an infrastructure that makes our lives easier but also how fragile that infrastructure really is.