Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The last small stream outing for 2011

     The weather today was a bit touchy with showers and possible thunderstorms predicted although temps were supposed to approach a balmy 50F.  A quick check of the radar suggested getting out early was the way to go to avoid the showers that were on the way.   I gathered up a few things and was on my way to another wild trout stream.
     Things started off slow with not a bump in all the likely spots so I opted to head to another section of the stream as the skies grew darker.  Moving downstream was a good choice as I quickly picked up two nice brook trout on a peacock bugger in the tails of two nice runs.  I continued to work downstream and missed two other fish, the last of which had some weight to it as it eventually broke me off.  It was nice to finish up the season with a brace of brook trout.  I never tire of looking at these magnificent fish.  As soon as I returned to the car the rain started, great timing indeed!
     Best wishes to all of you and your families in the New Year !

Monday, December 26, 2011

A day out with a friend

      The day turned out as forecasted, sunny, breezy, and temps around 43F.  My friend Pete (aka TROUTI) and I met up to see if we could tempt some wild trout.  When I checked the water temp it was a balmy 42F, nearly equal to the air temp.
       It was a generally pleasant day, except for a gust of wind here and there.  Pete is a Zen Master when it comes to fishing a beadhead pheasant tail and partridge and it was fun to watch him fish the fly, hooking and promptly releasing many fish.  Pete, the ultimate sportsmen, has perfected what he jokingly refers to as the "long line release".
       This was Pete's first time fishing this water and it was my pleasure to show him around.  When I first started fly fishing again, it was Pete who introduced me to several rivers, including the Farmington.  When I wasn't "guiding" this afternoon, I did manage a couple of browns myself.  It was great to spend the day out in the fresh December air !

 Pete with a pretty December brown

A final brown before sunset

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

An early December afternoon

The days are getting shorter but the cold of winter hasn't really set in.  This time of year, I try to take advantage of the mild day here and there to get outside. As I scanned the long range forecast, it looked like this afternoon would be one of the warmest in a while so I arranged to take the afternoon off and fish a favorite small stream.  This morning was shrouded in a heavy wet fog.  By noon, visibility had increased but there was still a heavy overcast, damp feeling in the air that gave a calm silence, perfect weather fishing for a wild trout stream.

Today, I thought I would fish a small bead head peacock bugger with a foam egg pattern trailed off the back.  I've never fished egg flies before so today would be the trial run for some foam eggs that I tied recently.  The trout definitely approved, totally ignoring the bugger in favor of the trailing egg.  After a while, I simplified the rig and just used the egg with a couple of small split shot.  A couple of hours on the stream produced half a dozen wild trout with lots of misses due to operator error.  The last fish of the day was my favorite, a brook trout.  This time of year, one never knows how many more opportunities there will be to get out again, so I was happy close out the day with a brook trout.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Versatile blogger awards

So there is some blog love going around the outdoor blogger network these days.  I first picked up on it reading  The Catching Chronicles.  Trout Magee "awarded" some versatile blogs that he follows including a pair that I also enjoy checking in on  (Alan's blog at Small Stream Reflections and Kiwi's blog The North River).  Actually it was Alan who encouraged me to start a blog of my own.  Then Kiwi was kind enough to mention this blog among his versatile seven, so here are seven blogs that I check in with that are certainly worth a visit. In case you haven't figured it out, there are actually ten when you include the three blogs already mentioned above but then it's so hard to choose

This is a great blog if you like small stream fishing like me in and around my home state of PA

Becks and Brown Trout 
It's always fun to see how folks are fishing small streams where the North Country spiders were first developed

I really like the pictures of the streams Mick fishes, they look alot like some of the mountain brooks I fish in the Adirondacks as is the case in the next blog...

Some great pictures and adventures in and around the mountain brooks of Ireland

I like this blog for the flies Johnny ties, perfect for small streams with a good mix of wet flies thrown in.  Hey Johnny how 'bout posting how to tie the Golden Oldie 

My buddy Ben is an awesome tier of Atlantic Salmon flies.  These are real works of art and I check in just to admire the work. A special thanks goes out to Ben for his instruction which resulted in me landing my first Atlantic Salmon this year. 

Kerrian takes you along for all sorts of fishing adventures, from fishing for trout in all size streams to fishing for stripers in the salt, ice fishing, or Steelhead fishing in NY

So go ahead and check out these blogs, you will be glad you did