Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One last visit

Keeping it simple, a 3wt and fly box
When you fish a small stream several times over the course of a season, you become very familiar with it, like an old friend whose look tells much more than the actual words that pass between you.  The trout season in New York State is rapidly winding down, so I wanted one more chance to visit with an old friend of mine.  I've fished this brook for many seasons, there's just something about it's rugged beauty that keeps me coming back.

With the recent fall rains, the water levels were quite healthy and with air temps in the upper 40's there was no doubt the water temps were cool.  Funny thing is, when I fish this brook in October, I rarely catch many brook trout and this trip would be no different.  Perhaps the fish are preparing to spawn.  Plenty of fish would chase and bump mini black bugger, baby brook trout, or 13th lake streamer but only a few were brought to hand.  It was great to be out in the raw air and smell the damp hemlock and fallen leaves.  Most of the red maples had dropped their leaves leaving a forest of yellow, pale green and dark hemlock green.

Getting ready to Bushwack into the valley
A first look through the forest
A look downstream
A favorite pool
Hemlocks and Hardwoods


  1. Wonderful post Mark.
    Getting out in the Autumn woods and streams gives one such satisfaction in the simplest form.

  2. Beautiful scenery :) Greetings from Poland.

  3. To me...it's not necessarily always about catching fish. The experience of time in the woods can be more than enough to satisfy...although catching the fish is pretty nice too.

  4. Besides the fishing, Autumn just smells good.

  5. Beautiful place and pictures.

  6. Thanks to all for your comments, Fall is a beautiful time of year. Hope you all are enjoying your local small streams this autumn.