Saturday, May 31, 2014

Transitions

Transitions, the calendar says this is the last day of May but the transition from season to season is more subtle out in the woodlands.  The transition from spring to summer is almost imperceptible, summer being a continuation of what was started in spring.  The trees are in full leaf now but still have that color of green that hints to shades of spring rather than the dark green of summer.  At home, the Iris and Rhododendron is in full bloom and the Peonies aren't far behind.

As the wind picks up a little you can hear the leaves moving to the gentle breeze as the stream joins in to lend it's playful voice to the chorus of bird song in the air.  It's a brief reminder that the earth is once again moving toward summer.  The fly box is now reorganized and the dries I love to fish in summer sit in neat rows,  Ausable Bombers, Royal Wulffs, Usuals, mini-Muddlers, Elk hair caddis, and Parachute Adams are all lined up and ready to go.

I had thought that maybe I could find a few wild browns willing to chase a dry but maybe the water was a little to high and off-color from showers the night before for them to rise to the surface.  After about an hour, I decided to head up to a smaller tributary and see if I could coax a few brook trout to a dry.  Niether the mini-muddler nor the Royal Wulff drew much of a response but a smaller Elk hair caddis did and the afternoon was spent walking along the stream and dabbling the caddis in the likely runs and pockets and finding willing brook trout in most of them.


Wild Lupine growing in the meadow


10 comments:

  1. Wonderful brookies.
    I to have added a few favorite dries to the box, but they are not as neatly placed as yours.
    Lupine is such a rich looking flower, sort of regal, much like the wild trout we seek.

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    1. Alan - this the season to be fishing dies again, but as you showed Friday streamers always do well for the larger fish !

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  2. Sounds like a great day - glad you were able to enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks Hibernation. It was good to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the woods this time of year.

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  3. Superb pictures Mark, the nasty winter you endured seems a long time ago now!

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    1. Thanks Brian, trying to improve the quality of the photography and writing

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  4. Beautiful pictures, Mark. I'm glad you got out.

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    1. Thanks Kirk, was a lovely day to enjoy

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  5. Mark
    An excellent interpretation of Spring and an awesome image of a brook trout in all it's glory!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill, was thinking about you as I was fishing wet flies on the Farmington yesterday afternoon! Stay tuned

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