This woodland stream drains into a pond that is stocked by the state and as we were walking upstream Kirk spotted two large fish in a sandy area of the stream. We think they were two spawning browns by the way they were moving around. We watched them for a while as they would hold steady and then rapidly circle the small pool. It was kind of like watching two large dogs playing in a kiddie pool because they were so large compared to the area they were in.
|Many fish were hiding in the leave piles in shallow|
tails of pool like the one above
I had decided to fish a small Ausable bomber and I stuck with it the entire day. There were lots of small fish that would nip at the bomber but only a few larger brook trout that would actually take it. Quite a few fish were holding in the tails of the micro pools and often in the wet leaf piles that would build up in the shallow areas there. Approaching each pool was a challenge and more often then not I would see a nice wake form as another fish rocketed out of the leaves.
A few small brook trout were brought to hand as well as a handsome wild brown and a small rainbow. I've caught the odd wild brown on this stream and will sometime find a rainbow in the fall but never all three on the same day. It definitely was an unusual day!
|Unfortunately, I was not able to get a better shot. If you look closely from the dorsal fin back to the tail you can see the beautiful red spots that run along the entire flank of this brown.|
|A surprise ending to a odd day|