Monday, August 10, 2015

August in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are starting show signs of the coming fall.  That almost imperceptible change in the late afternoon light, the slight tinge of red in the tips of the branches of the sugar maples, the cooler nights and mornings, all point to the changes ahead.  August can also be a dry time in the mountains as well, when the streams that a couple of months ago were loud and boisterous are now quite subdued.  A quick check of the water temperature is must this time of year, since not all mountain streams remain cold during these dry times.



After checking the thermometer, I did fish a bit in the deeper holes and pockets but I was really more surveying than fishing hard.  This is not the time of year to be fishing every little pocket and channel. Fortunately the brook trout seemed to be holding their own,  finding places to hide under the rocks along the banks or in a deep pocket here or there.  Mostly I just watched them attack the Royal Wulff and then quickly return to their hiding places.

A typical summer hiding spot, can you see it?

12 comments:

  1. Nice photos. Are you fishing skinny water? Small creeks?

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    1. Riverwalker34 - This is a small mountain brook that I fish occasionally. It's small but the water stays cold and very clear.

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    1. Thanks Alan! It's getting tough to find small streams that are still fishable. Hopefully the predicted rain will help

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  3. Mark
    Amazing how these trout survive in these hot and humid summers even up that way. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - yes it is, but they are able to find shelter among the boulders in and along the stream and provided there is enough flow to keep the oxygen levels up, they manage.

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  4. I always enjoy any post about the Adirondacks......thanks!

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    1. Kiwi - it is an amazingly rugged and beautiful area

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  5. Awesome pictures mark! Love that mini waterfall and the brook trout looks so cool with his head just poking out of the water. Glad the little guys like him are hanging on, and they should've gotten some relief today with the rain. That pocket does look like a perfect hiding spot with all those rocks...gotta stay away from those predators!

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    1. RI brook trout - thanks. Hopefully today's rain will have refreshed the small streams across our region.

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  6. "...the cooler nights and mornings, all point to the changes ahead..." Your intro to the post about another good visit to the Adirondacks is straight to the point. Nice job.

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