Sunday, April 19, 2015

Laurel and Ledges

The Connecticut landscape full of laurel and ledges
When I think of my adopted home state, I think of woodlands covered with mountain laurel and ledges.  I have no idea how the early settlers to this area managed to farm this rocky ground.  As spring approaches about the only green you can see in the woods is the mountain laurel and skunk cabbage but if you look closely you can see signs of wildflowers being to poke through the fallen leaves of last autumn.

Signs of new life
Pete and I were out enjoying another warm spring afternoon watching the brook trout turning themselves inside out chasing down the Royal Wulff.  When I lost my smaller Wulff, I ended up fishing a size #12 and they were still smacking it.


Small streams like this one can be surprisingly deep in spots.  The undercuts like the one below were generally holding trout.


Several times during the afternoon, I switched flies just to see if I could catch something on another fly.  The Bomber or parachute Adams would entice the odd fish or two but for some reason the Royal Wulff was getting the most attention.


I don't have any idea how many fish we actually brought to hand but it didn't really matter, we both had an afternoon full of laughs watching the brooks attack the dry fly.  This afternoon the fish were mostly in the riffles and tail outs.



16 comments:

  1. We did have quite the day with the Royal Wulff. Those brookies were the first trout on a dry fly for me in many months.As Mark stated we lost count of how many we actually landed but these little guys threw themselves at the Wulff with reckless abandon!! They wanted no part of any soft hackles today. It was interesting to watch some of these brookies actually take the fly as we sunk it on the retrieve or held it in the current. Great way to spend the day!!

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    1. Yes it was! We'll make a small stream guy out of you yet!

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  2. It's that peacock and red floss. They sparkle in the sun and up come the fish to see what it is.

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    1. I don't know what it is but it is my hands-down favorite!

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  3. What a beautiful stream with some colorful residents...nice going! Glad they were hitting the dries for you!

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    1. RI brook trout - thanks, I see you and RML were out enjoying the weekend as well!

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  4. That ledge looks familiar.
    Glad you gents had a nice outing.

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    1. I am certain you do! It was a great couple of hours too bad you weren't able to join us

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  5. Mark!! It ( Royal Wulff) was the brookies hands down favorite too!!!

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  6. Alan
    The Mountain Laurels are really special this time of the year. We see a lot of them on Smith Lake here. Is that a new stream you guys are fishing, I don’t think I have seen it before. Amazing how those brook trout hit the Bomber!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - the mountain laurel will bloom here in late May or early June. We've fished this stream for about a year or so. It fishes well in the spring but can get low and dry in the summer so we were pleased to see a healthy brook trout population this spring with lots of young of the year fish.

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  7. It gets really fun when the brookies start chasing the dry fly patterns, especially against a backdrop of ledges and laurels. Water must be a little warmer than it is here. There isn't much dry fly activity yet. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Walt - this small stream must get some good sunlight. When I checked the water temp it was about 50F which is not typical of most streams around here which are still running in the low 40's.

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  8. Looks like fun afternoon, the royal wolf's a pleasing looking dry, great that the brookies thought so too!

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    1. Brian - It was a lot of fun! The other reason I love the royal wulff is that it easy to see which makes watching the brook trout take the fly even more entertaining!

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