|Wood sorrel was everywhere|
My first trip out, I was up early hiking into a mountain valley by 6:30 am. The brook was a bit high for this time of year. The Adirondacks have been getting a lot of rain this season so I was not surprised to hear and eventually see the normally tannin stained brook carrying a bit more water and color than normal. A quick check of the water temp showed it about 67F.
|This brook is filled with large boulders and plunge pools|
|the dark brook trout that inhabit this tannin stained brook|
This high gradient brook is easily fished upstream, allowing one to keep a low profile hopping along from boulder to boulder. This is simple fishing at it's best. Hiking boots, a few Ausable Bombers and Royal Wulffs in a small tin, some extra mono, some floatant, and a camera. Traveling light you can cover a lot of water looking for the deeper pockets where the larger fish are usually found.
|Morning sun beginning peaking through the forest|
|Endless plunge pools|
Quite a few small brook trout slashed at the dries I fished, although the Royal Wulff always seems to draw the most attention on Adirondack Mountain brooks in my experience. Most of the fish where in the top half of the pools rather than in the slower tails. This stream usually holds a decent number of larger fish but they were not showing themselves this day. Hopefully the harshness of this past winter hasn't taken it's toll on this mountain brook.
|This brook trout liked the look of an Ausable Bomber|
|Another resident of the Adirondack forests|