Saturday, March 30, 2013

Keeping it going

I've been trying to keep a streak going by catching a fish on a dry each month of the year. With the cold spring we've had, this month has been tough finding fish interested in a dry fly.  I figured my best shot was yesterday afternoon on a wild trout stream.  With only a short time to fish, I hiked to a pool where last year at this time fish were eagerly taking midges.

After watching for a little I saw my first rising fish.  The dimpled rises indicated the fish were likely taking midges or very small olives.  I put on a size 20 Griffth's Gnat and drifted over where I saw the rise.  After a few drifts, I had my first wild brown and the first fish this month on the dry with the month rapidly winding down.

First wild brown
As I was releasing the fish, I noticed a slender black stone fly on my waders.  As I watched the water I could see a splashy rise here and there so I switched the Griffth's Gnat for a peacock and elk hair caddis and manged two more pretty wild browns, both of which were real leapers!

First on the peacock and elk hair caddis
red fringed adipose fin, the telltale mark of a wild brown

Even though I fished for less than an hour, it was nice to enjoy the warmth of the mid afternoon and find a couple rising fish.  Had I had more time, I could have easily managed another few fish from this pool as I left with fish still rising.

This morning I was out early Euro nymphing at dawn in the cold air and managed two brook trout and a nice sized rainbow.

Early morning brook trout
A nice rainbow that chased the Hare's ear anchor in a plunge pool
Happy Easter everyone !

Friday, March 29, 2013

What's so "good" about Good Friday?

Have you ever wondered why we refer to the day we remember the death of Jesus Christ as “Good Friday”?  An innocent man convicted and sentenced to a brutal, agonizing death; what “good” is there in that?  So is “Good Friday” really good?

For me, this day is bittersweet.  I reflect on a day of great pain and suffering but also great victory.  It is “good” because it was on the cross where God’s justice and mercy wonderfully embrace.  God’s mercy is shown as He provides His Son, Jesus Christ, the only sinless one, as substitute for me, someone who can never meet God’s perfect standard of righteousness.  And yet as I marvel in the wonders of God’s love in providing a substitute, I am equally overcome by how God’s act perfectly satisfies His desire for justice.  You see for God to remain just, He can not simply overlook and forget about sin, as if it never occurred.  On the cross, God pours out on Jesus all of His holy wrath for my sin.  When Jesus cries from the cross “it is finished” the way for the redemption of me and all mankind from our sin is fully and completely opened.  There is nothing more left to be done, no more sacrifice, no more work, nothing!  Simple faith in Jesus’ work on the cross on your and my behalf is all that is required to be declared righteous.

One final question remains …So what do you make of the events remembered this day?  Do you trust solely in Jesus’ work on the cross to save you from your sin?  Or do you think this is just some religious fairy tale? The answer to that question determines whether this is a “Good Friday” or just another day.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

And more practice

New England freestone in the fading daylight
I was back at it this afternoon.  The air temperature was  slowing moving toward 50F.  I don't know if it made it but it was getting quite cool towards the end of the day.

The plan was to get some more practice with the Euro nymphing set up.   For about an hour I was in the zone with 7 fish to hand and confidence growing in leading the flies and detecting strikes.  A mix of brookies and bows favoring the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle but a couple took the hare's ear.  Nymphing is actually getting to be fun!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Practice, practice, practice

A sounthern New England stream on a early spring afternoon
With the temperature inching it's way into the 40's (F) and the sun shinning, I decided to head out to a nearby trout management area for a little euro nymphing practice.  This time of year only the TMA's are open for fishing in CT.

My nymphing skills could use some practice but I am encouraged with the progress that continued practice is bringing.  Today the "go to" flies were the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle (3 rainbows and a brook trout) and a super simple hare's ear (1 rainbow).  It was a very pleasant sunday afternoon to be out and enjoying some fresh air.

A classic boulder filled New England freestone

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The day of the Tiger

Edison Tiger (dark)
This post isn't about tiger trout but a fly called the Edison Tiger.  I've not fished this streamer before today but it was definitely the fly the trout were interested in today.

Kirk and fished a section of a small wild trout stream that was new to Kirk. After reading one of Alan's recent posts about a red and yellow fly, I figured he was referring to an Edison Tiger (a fly I know he likes to carry).  I was wondering if the reason he had some success with it was because it could resemble a brown trout fry which might be present in some of the small streams we fish.  I've not had any experience fishing the Tiger, so I tied a pair this morning to give them a try.

A nicely colored brook trout that was interested in the Edison Tiger
With the air temps in the mid to upper 30's, the water temp at 38F, and the stream swollen with recent rains the fishing was slow but I did manage one fall fish and a nice brook trout.  Kirk managed a nice brown also on the Edison Tiger.   This morning's experiment was a success so I'll  be at the bench tying some more soon!  As I was walking along the stream, I just about stepped on brook trout of very healthy proportion sitting in a few inches of water in a little back eddy. I've seen this before during the winter months, although I have no idea why they sit in these unusual places.

A pretty brown putting a nice bend in Kirk's rod
Edison Tiger (dark) recipe:
Mustad 3665 #12
black UTC 70 thread
wood duck tail
peacock herl body
small gold wire rib
yellow bucktail wing 
red hackle fibers on top of the wing

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sun and Snow

It's been several weeks since I was out with a fly rod in my hand so I was looking forward to the warmer weather predicted for this weekend. Friday's storm dumped a good bit more snow than expected.  Saturday morning's warm sun was so inviting so I decided to head out knowing that the melting snow was going swell the stream with cold run-off.

The snow was about up to my knees in places and the going was slow but it did weigh down the thorns and brush making getting around somewhat easier.  I didn't see any sign of fish but it was nice to get some fresh air, walk along a stream on a sunny late spring day, and take a few pictures.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Winter's final days

Winter's grip on the Adirondacks seems to be loosening up.  Streams and rivers that were once completely iced over are starting to show open water particular in faster moving sections despite the fact that the woods are still wearing their winter grey.

The smaller brooks are starting to open up as well under the warm late winter sun. The picture above and below is a stream that I visited for the first time this past summer.  Small brook trout were found along side the hemlock roots on the left side of the stream (upper shot).  I'm looking forward to some more exploring  this coming season.

Hang on folks spring is on the move !