Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Closing out 2015

Yesterday winter finally arrived in southern New England with a light snow fall.  So it was only fitting that I close out 2015 with a quick trip to a small woodland stream on a damp, grey day with the new fallen snow still clinging to the ground.

I was wondering if the new snow would be cooling things down as it melted so I decided to fish a dry dropper rig today and let the fish tell me were they were looking.  The small Ausable bomber did get some attention from the smaller brook trout but the larger fish took the partridge and flash dropper today.  No surprise there!

A surprise rainbow and a handful of brook trout made for a pleasant closing of 2015.  Wishing all of you a happy New Year!

The first surprise of the day
And a handful of these little gems 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Thanks to all of you who check in here at Fishing Small Streams.  Merry Christmas to you and God's richest blessings to you and your families in 2016

...Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Silence

I was up and out early this warm December day visiting a favorite small stream.  With all rhetoric going on about guns and terrorists, sometimes the soul needs silence to anchor it to the quiet confidence of timeless unchanging truth.

A little rain had refreshed things a bit, and the woods were quite this morning.  The sun was shining brightly on the water and I could feel the warm deep inside.

This wild brown started the morning off by crushing an Ausable Bomber
This warm December day was devoted to the dry and between an Ausable Bomber and an Elk hair caddis a brace of wild browns and a handful brook trout were photographed and quickly released. The bomber was effective early but the fish seemed more interested in chasing down the #16 tan caddis as the morning progressed.

Simple Beauty

Friday, December 11, 2015

A foggy start

We continue to have warm weather here in New England which means that some days start out pretty foggy and that was the case this morning.  I had wanted to fish a small stream but things have been very dry so plan B was to get up early and fish the Farmington again.  Wow what a difference a week can make in the water levels.  This morning I was standing on dry river bed where I was catching fish a week ago.

Later in the morning I met up with Alan, Kirk , and Pete.  We had to work for fish today but with persistence a frenchie/zebra midge combination brought some browns and a nice rainbow to the net. Not bad for a December!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


One of the reasons I love small stream fishing is the simplicity of it.  All you need is a small box of flies, a rod, and a pair of hiking boots.  There is no need for a heavy vest/pack filled with box and boxes of flies and all sorts of other equipment.  I like traveling light. This is one of the reasons I like tight line nypmhing.  No split shot or bobbers, just a handful of weighed flies and some extra tippet for when you break the flies off on the bottom and a pair of forceps and nippers.  So when I saw this article over at Hatches magazine the title caught my eye Winter is coming, 5 flies to get you through it.

As it turns out, I had 4 of them already in my box.  I've not fished a zebra midge before so I decided to tie a couple and give one a try and the last time I was out I caught a brown on one on the first few casts!  So for now there's a place in my box for a few.  I find that this time of year, I catch most of my trout on either a heavy frenchie or a foam egg.

So with a Saturday morning with no pressing concerns and a clear, cold morning on tap, I was up early to get a few things done and then out the door and on my way.  When I checked the river levels in the area of a couple small streams that I wanted to fish they were disappointingly low so the backup plan was to head up to the Farmington River.  The river was a up a bit due to extra release from the dam so I figured it would be a good morning to fish some of the softer water along the edge. I figured the higher flows may have pushed some fish out toward the edge especially early in the morning.


When I arrived the sun was up but it was still a little below freezing.  I had the river to myself  except for a flock of Canadian geese.  I will often fish with a couple rods (dry/wet rod, streamer rod, and nymph rod) but today I would strive for simplicity, a single rod and a small box of flies.  

I started working the edge of a gentle riffle and my suspicions were confirmed as I steadily was tight to browns over the next 90min in a couple feet of gently moving water.  Half of the fish took the egg the other half the frenchie.  I finished the day at another spot where a nice rainbow took the frenchie before I called it a morning and returned home enjoying the simplicity of an early morning outdoors.

'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be...