Saturday, January 12, 2013

Brook Trout on driy flies in January?

The temperature was expected to reach 50F this afternoon, so Alan and I made plans to meet late morning and fish a stream we talked about last week but niether of us has fished in a while.  The section of stream we had in mind is over run with thorns.  We were hoping the snow had knocked them down at bit but I threw a pair of leather gloves and a small pair of pruners in my waist pack, just in case.


Last night the area had a good deal of rain and the brook was up quite a bit but clear.  When I arrived Alan was already at work so I followed his tracks in the snow and soon found him fishing a favorite spot.  We exchanged some experimental flies, one of which Alan quickly used to hook a nice brook trout.  The fly was a little too heavily weighted for this small stream so I'll make some adjustments (stay tuned).

Alan fishing a nice run in the snow and fog
We headed to the section we wanted to fish and soon decided that there was too much water to effectively fish the section we had in mind so we changed plans and headed to another area.  The day had a dreary fog that was the result of a light drizzle falling on the snow covered ground. Alan caught a few brook trout as we walked along the stream but I was coming up empty until I finally hooked a small brook trout on elk hair caddis that quickly fell off.  The elk hair caddis brought a decisive strike from a nice brook trout at the last spot we fished.  We admired the pinkish flanks of this beautiful fish, snapped a quick picture, sent it back to it's home, and headed back to the cars.

First Brook Trout of 2013 on a dry
We enjoyed the walk back talking of Maine landlock salmon, future flies to tie, and warmer days to come.  As Alan drove home, I decided to head back to where we meet in the morning and managed another brook trout on the elk hair caddis.  It wasn't a sunny bright day, but I was fun to be outside and catch a couple beautiful brook trout in dries in January.

Last brook trout of the afternoon

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    1. Thanks Pete - was fun to fish dries for brookies. I bet you were out chasing trophies with streamers bigger than the fish we were catching

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  2. Nice going on those January dry fly brookies Mark.
    It was a good day under miserable conditions.

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    1. Brk Trt - it was a pleasure spending an afternoon with you regardless of the weather

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  3. Any time conditions allow you to get out and fish in cold January water and you are able to take them on a dry fly, then that has some true significance.

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    1. Rainbow Chaser - wild brook trout on dries in the winter makes the weather forgetable

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  4. Gloomy looking weather, but the sight of that fish certainly made it all worthwhile.

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    1. RKM - Agreed, hope you can make it next time

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  5. Mark
    Nice looking brooks, what size caddis were you using. My top three dries are the caddis, adamas and the bomber, I got from Alan. Do you use any floatant with any of the dries when fishing these small streams? Thanks for sharing

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  6. Bill - I was using a size 16 tan elk hair caddis because it is easy to see

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  7. Beautiful brookies!! On dries in January...you guys were giving mother nature the finger!

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