Saturday, April 11, 2015

Opening Day

Today was the opening day of trout season in CT.  For those who love the peace and solitude of small streams, fishing among the crowds on the stocked rivers across the state is not that exciting a prospect.  But it was gorgeous spring day here in CT with warm sun and when I checked the water temperature at mid day it had gotten up to 50F!  At times, I just enjoyed taking pictures of the landscape.  The wildflowers haven't started blooming yet and the only thing poking through the earth at this point is skunk cabbage!


The first brook of the season
As we did last year, a few of us made plans to fish a small wild trout stream far away from all the fuss.  Alan, Kirk and I met for a country breakfast and then one to the stream of choice.  We were later joined by Pete and his son Matt.


Matt's first brook trout 

Things started off slow but eventually everyone was able to coax a brook trout to take a weighted soft hackle.  As the sun began to warm things up, I decided to see if I could coax a brook trout to take a royal wulff dry.  After a few drifts in the likely places a pair of brook trout were brought to hand and for the rest of the afternoon most of us fished various dries with success. A beautiful, warm spring day, brooks willing to chase down a dry, the camaraderie of others who enjoy small streams and corn bread....priceless!








19 comments:

  1. Nice! It was a good day for the small stream guys. Know doubt a total nightmare on the big rivers. We played it right today, that's for sure.

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    1. RLM - I avoided fishing opening day for years until Alan suggested we fish a tiny stream tucked away for all the attention and since I've really enjoyed the opening

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  2. Sounds like an awesome day - and the pic's of the fish, and the streams are awesome!

    Will

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    1. Will - it was a wonderful day to be outdoors with friends

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  3. Great job Mark and crew! Sorry I couldn't make it. Hopefully soon.

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    1. We will have to all get together soon for sure!

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  4. Hellava start to the new year......those are some beautiful brookies! Congrats.

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    1. thanks Kiwi - this little stream does produced some beautifully colored brooks!

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  5. Very nice! Your pics look great. Did you get a new camera? Maybe it's just unfiltered sunlight since there are no leaves on the trees yet, but the colors really pop. Great job.

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    1. Ben - I do have a new camera, Sony RX10 (20mp) and I love it. I didn't do any "color enhancement" on the shots, it was just a gorgeous day!

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  6. We had a great morning!! Good to finally get on the board and Mark thanks for guiding Matt to his first wild brookie!!! We enjoyed the day!!!

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    1. Pete - I really enjoyed seeing Matt connect! Glad you guys we able to join us

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  7. We had a nice opening. Matt's brookie is a gem.
    I keep thinking of that cornbread.

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    1. Alan - Matt's brook was a nice one. I'm still having corn bread dreams myself. We might just have to repeat the whole day again sometime soon!

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  8. Mark
    What a scenic post, as usual with awesome streams and colorful brook trout. Did you mention corn bread, I was raised on corn bread, my Grandma could make some of the best I have ever tasted. Nothing like having close friends who love the sport as much as you. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Thanks Bill - and yes we had eggs and corn bread! I had not tasted sweet cornbread before, we were wondering if they added maple syrup to it and lightly browned it on the griddle.

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  10. Sounds like an awesome day to me...beautiful day, beautiful stream, and beautiful brookies on dries. Doesn't get any better than that!

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    1. RI brook trout - agreed, anytime you can fish for native brooks on a dry is a good day for sure! How blessed we are to have streams where they still hang in spite of rough winters like this past

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  11. Wow what a gem of a small stream. And the photos look great, looks like a new camera!? I love the natural lighting and lack of color enhancement.

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