|Rock wall fences and small streams in the New England countryside|
Yesterday afternoon was beautiful spring day with the sun shining bright in a clear blue sky, air temperatures pushing 60F, and very little wind to deal with. When I arrived at a favorite pool there were a few fish rising. I tried the peacock and elk hair caddis and picked up the first wild brown. There were quite a few olives in the air and I figured the rising fish were taking olive emergers. Unfortunately, I didn't have any olives with me but I did have a couple of small parachute Adams and figured it would do in a pinch and the fish agreed.
|A wild brown that chased a peacock and elk hair caddis|
|When you don't have an olive emerger try an Adams !|
As I moved downstream, the Adams was getting plenty of attention. As I was working the Adams along side a log with a nice deep slot when a big brookie came up and slammed it hard and headed for the bottom. When the hook drove home, the brookie exploded into the air with two huge leaps giving me a good look at his size. After the second leap, he managed to throw the hook. As I continued to moved downstream another good sized fish grabbed the Adams and headed for the bottom and the hook lost hold again! This time I checked the hook and sure enough it was bent. I must have bent the hook tugging it out of a tangle in a tree limb. A rookie mistake that cost two nice fish to hand. I finished the afternoon with another brown on the Adams and this brown also took me to task running into a rocky shallow and rubbing himself loose.
|The streamside vegitation is starting to break through the cold earth|
This afternoon was a completely different day, with the air temperature barely reaching 40 and windy making things challenging. A quick check of the water temp showed a chilly 43. I opted to go back to the Adams with a trailing pheasant tail soft hackle. In the first run I picked up a healthy brown on the PT. The PT picked up another brown in some nice pocket water. A pair of brookies were taken on the Adams and then the afternoon was finished off with the very handsome brown on an peacock elk hair caddis.
|A pair of browns on the pheasant tail soft hackle|
|A pair of brookies that attacked the Adams|