Saturday, April 12, 2014

An early Saturday morning

This morning it was up early to fish a local Trout Management Area.  The trout season will open next Saturday and the small streams I enjoy fishing will be open again but for now, options are limited.  This morning the woods were cool and damp from rain the night before but the stream was in good shape.



I was fishing a black pheasant tail soft hackle on point with a hare's ear wet as a dropper.  A strong brook trout took the black pheasant tail in a favorite riffle.  After a few spirited runs, a nice brook trout was in the net.  The pheasant tail connected with another healthy, well colored brook trout before it was time to head home.



The trout lilies are starting to sprouting up through the damp, woody, debris.  It won't be long before we start to see their lovely yellow flowers.


15 comments:

  1. Mark
    A beautiful colored brookie taken, and the start to a great season of small stream fishing for you. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill, really looking forward to getting back to favorite small stream after the season opens next saturday

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  2. Congrats on such a nice early season brookie.

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    1. That's a hefty looking Brookies , nice one mark

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    2. Thanks Col and Kiwi, strong fish for sure

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  3. Nice outing Mark.
    The long range forecast is for rain on Saturday.

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    1. Oh well, guess will just have to wait and see. In New York the season opens on April 1st, always seemed to snow in Upstate NY. Natures April fools day joke, I guess

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  4. I find it interesting that there are trout lilies. I've never heard of those. Guess I'm used to fishing pasture land.

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    1. Riverwalker - trout lilies get there name from the mottled leaves that look like the back of brook or brown trout. The grow in the leaf litter of woodlands all over the eastern US. They will develop a small yellow downward turned flower and will bloom early in spring.

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  5. That's a healthy brookie, nicely done Mark!

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    1. Thanks LQN - it fought hard and used heavy water to it's advantage

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  6. Looks like a nice warm-up for the new season there, Mark. Thanks!

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    1. Rivertop - the spring has been surprisingly slow, hoping things "warmup" soon!

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  7. Gorgeous brookie! Looks like a nice time for sure!
    Will

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    1. Thanks Will - brief but fun nevertheless

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