Saturday, November 7, 2015

An unusual November day

What a difference a week can make in the landscape in November.  Kirk and I meet to take a walk along the same woodland stream that I visited last Sunday afternoon.   Yesterday, all the leaves were down and the woods were dressed in the drab grays and browns of late fall.  The temperature however was anything from a usual late fall day!  By mid morning we were down to short sleeve shirts as the air temperature pushed above 70! But this was only the first of some unusual things we observed.


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

20 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tri-fecta! Beautiful pictures. Thanks and Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - thanks. The brown and the rainbow were surprises for sure

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  2. That little stream is favorite. Nice you were able to take a variety.

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    1. Alan, that stream is one of my favorites too. Thankfully the young brook trout looks to be very healthy. If the winter doesn't bring a deep freeze things should be healthy next spring.

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  3. Very Nice Mark and Kirk!!! Keep that dry fly streak going!

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    1. Thanks Pete! There's nothing like seeing a fish take a dry!

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  4. Alan
    Crazy temps up your way, long forecast calls for a warmer winter, it may be the case there as well. I am impressed with the easy access to the streams and of course the its colorful brook and brown trout. thanks for sharing

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  5. Bill, thanks we don't often is temps that warm in Nov but temps are back to a more seasonal range now.

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  6. Lots of color and small surprises to be found in an otherwise drab November day. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Thanks Walt - it's amazing how many things you see when you spend time being observant!

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  7. Awesome! A wild trout slam in CT? That is a rarity!

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    1. RM Lytle - I am pretty sure the brown was wild but also pretty sure the rainbow was not. I will sometimes see rainbows that manage to work themselves upstream in the fall. You wonder if they are following spawning browns looking for eggs.

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    2. You could be right... check the state stocking reports to see if they put bows in there or not. It just looks wild to me. Perfect fins, good colors, par marks, and kinda small.

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  8. Great outing, Mark. That brown is gorgeous I can see the red spots and wow are they vibrant! Nice wild bow as well. Those are very rare in these parts. I have found the brook trout do seem to be toward the tail of pools this time of year as well. That little guy is dark!

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    1. RI Brook trout - that brown was one of the prettiest little browns I've seen all year. I really wish I had gotten a decent picture of it!!!! This particular outing I saw more fish than I usually do, which is good sign of the things to come but most of those I saw were rocketing upstream. As I mentioned to RLM, I would be willing to get the rainbow was not wild. It looks like the dorsal is not that straight, characteristic of a stocked rainbow.

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    2. I think you might be right about the bow because it is a little too silvery looking. The distinct parr markings suggest wild, but I'm with you; I'm leaning toward stocked.

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  9. Hi Mark -

    That rainbow is cool. the par markings make me think some how wild... but stocked makes a lot more sense - just finding it's way up stream.

    Fun outing for sure!
    Will

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  10. Mark, I like the interest you give to spots patterns on your salmonids with special attention on wildest ones.
    The colors of the trouts offer a almost hypnotic attraction on us, isnt it?
    Regards
    Humberto (achalabrookies)

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  11. Thanks Humberto, everyone is different and beatiful

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