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

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  1. Well done Mark. Did you fish the upper brook?
    My day was a bit different.

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    1. Alan - thanks, I visited the upper and lower setions today.

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  2. Wonderful opening paragraph. Perhaps that sense/feeling is why I have learned to enjoy this crazy activity!

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    1. Thanks Bill, nothing like silence and fresh air!

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  3. Could not agree more! Small stream fishing is a great escape from it all and so peaceful. That stream is beautiful and its residents are as well. Can't beat dries in December!

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    1. RI brook trout - thanks, always a treat to have fish talking dries! It never gets old.

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  4. Amen! Great to see that the wilds are still all over the Bomber.

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    1. RML - the Bomber will bring fish up almost anytime of the year!

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  5. Beautiful photographs! That second sentence speaks volumes. Nice work!

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    1. Justin - thanks, glad to hear the others enjoy the pictures. It seems I struck a chord with a few folks based on the comments.

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  6. Good call to get out fishing for the wild jewels.

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    1. Parachute Adams, I was fortunate to be able to take advantage of the day.

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  7. Looks like a great morning Mark - glad you enjoyed it. Christmas came early - a trip afield like that is a gift!
    Will

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    1. thanks Will - it did my spirit a world of good!

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  8. Very Nice!! Looks like you had a perfect day both in the weather and catching department.
    Pretty colors on the brown!!!

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    1. Pete - thanks, those wild browns are beautiful aren't they! It was really nice to see a couple yesterday!

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  9. Mark
    Dries seem to be the preferred pattern much of the time on these small streams, what nymphs work? I am impressed with your Orvis reel, I use the 2/3 weight with a 3 weight fly rod. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Bill - in these small streams dries will work most of the year I guess because the streams aren't that deep. I will fish a wet fly occasionally on a small stream but never a nymph because in shallow water the nymph tends to hang up a lot. The reel in the picture is a Battenkill #1 which is my favorite reel for small stream fishing with a light glass rod (I use a Ruby River 3wt)

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  11. Very nice Mark, the next to last photo is well composed. Looks like you too are a fan of the bomber...

    Rain and bare ground for you, meanwhile, we've had a pile of snow. I hope to get out Saturday if I can get to the water. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Lester! I was pleased with that photo. I would have like to have more of the rod in the picture but I didn't want to mess around too long. The fish is in water but I still didn't want to be fooling around with it. Yes I am a fan of the bomber, especially since Fran tied it for high gradient streams of the Adriondacks

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