Saturday, January 9, 2016

January ice and the dry fly

I took a quick walk along a small stream this afternoon.  There was lots of ice along the edges from the cold snap we had earlier in the week making for lots of interesting cover for the fish.

I ended up fishing a small elk hair caddis after seeing a number of stone flies in the air and a few rising fish here and there.  For the most part the fish were tucked under the ice shelves but were eager to ambush the dry as it passed by.



I just love that red adipose fin!
Spots like this usually held a fish willing to ambush the dry




16 comments:


  1. Good Job!! It was nice to run into you and catch one nice brookie!!
    You are keeping your streak alive!!

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    1. Pete - Yes it was. Glad that you were able to find one late before we needed to head home

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  2. Mark
    Beautiful brook trout as usual, some last meals before the streams freezes over there. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill - hopefully there will be pockets of open water this winter. Last year was a tough one

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  3. Well done buddy.
    Mark that last photo is beautiful. The brook trout, caddis dry fly and that ice creation all comes together to show what winter small stream fly fishing is.

    Suggestion, have that photo printed then frame it and put it over your tying area.

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    1. Alan - thanks for the compliments on the last photo. The uce looked at the edge where I caught that brookie was very interesting and I thought it would add a nice element to the picture. I will have to take you up on your suggestion!

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    1. Kirk - Most of the brook trout were very colorful for this time of year! I don't mind the ice, it actually provides lots of new cover for the fish almost like an endless undercut bank

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  5. That's a really good day! Glad you got out and enjoyed it.

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    1. thanks Will - hope you are getting out some too!

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  6. Looks like a great walk along the stream! Beautiful fish, too. I cannot wait to catch my first brook trout. I have always been a fan of their orange fins and white tips.

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    1. Justin - thanks, they are amazingly beautiful fish aren't they

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  7. Love the Adirondack Brookies, been doin it 30 yrs. Them little ones are vicious!!!

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    1. Stephen - The streams I usually fish in the Adirondacks are closed now for the season so my small stream fishing is focused close to home but the beauty of the brook trout is not dependent on where it comes from!

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  8. I went out same afternoon, Mark, but didn't catch as many nice fellas as you did. It was pretty icy, but pleasant enough before the big rains and winter weather returned.

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  9. Walt - Why the fish are active on some winter days and not others can be a real enigma! It looks like we are in for a more "seasonal" stretch of weather for the next week or so.

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