When I arrived at the trailhead, I could hear the brook before I could see it, and boy was it full of rushing water. This short clip gives you some idea of how much water was moving through brook.
I wondered whether I could find any softer sections to fish. I usually bolder hop around the brook to fish it but today I had no hope of crossing it so I was restricted to fishing sections that were accessible from one side. Dry flies were out of the question so I turned to streamers but quickly realized they were being swept too quickly along in the rough current. I decided to try a small variation of a black bugger I tied last winter for just such an occasion. I tie these on a size 12 nymph hook, a brass bead head, small black marabou tail, peacock herl body, and palmered black/brown hen hackle with a couple of turns at the head to form a collar. This little fly was the ticket and I was able to hook quite a few brookies in the softer seams of the endless pocket water.
One last intriguing spot had me wondering if a decent sized brookie could be enticed to follower the streamer. Sure enough, as the streamer worked between two converging currents a decent fish turned on the streamer. This time I could tell the fish had some weight to it. As I brought it closer I was surprised to slip my hand under a beautiful rainbow, which had all the markings of a wild fish. This is the second rainbow I have caught in this brook and I am beginning to wonder if a resident population is being established. The colors on this fish were amazing including some faint par markings, brilliant red stripe and cheeks, and rose colored fins.
|A wild Adirondack Rainbow|
I almost thought this morning was a lost cause with all the heavy water, but I now know that all is well on my favorite little Adirondack brook in spite of the heavy snows and rains this spring and the bugs weren't that bad !