Saturday, March 19, 2016

Last day of winter 2016

That bright red adipose fin tells you this brown is wild
I spent a cold morning and early afternoon of the last day of this winter out fishing a small stream. There was no interest in the dry today, even in the warmer part of the day.  A small caddis puppa fished slow in the deep runs accounted for a few pretty wild browns.

Good bye winter, hello spring!




16 comments:

  1. Beautiful color variations on those wild browns Mark. Nicely done.
    Spring...New England?

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    1. Thanks Alan - they are stunning browns aren't they. I guess spring and New England can mean just about anything including snow!

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  2. Pretty Browns Mark!! Spring might have to wait one more day with that dreaded four letter word coming!!! SNOW!!

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    1. Pete - thanks, nice seeing you for a little in the morning. I think the latest forecasts have downgraded the expected snow accumulation but we will find out on Monday morning.

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  3. Mark, I love the transition from winter to spring with everything starting to bloom and the water warming to more tolerable temps.its like are natural world is waking up. Beautiful Browns. In my area of the world the caddis pupa in the spring reigns. Thank you for the photos.

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    1. Brad - It is nice to see the earth coming alive again. As a Christian, the parallel between the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead and the awakening of the earth at spring is very obvious. That green caddis puppa has been fooling a lot of trout for me the last few weeks.

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  4. Mark
    Nice brown trout, how I wish we had that species here in the Sipsey tailrace. Do you fish a dry when you see a hatch or try a dry on the spur of the moment? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - I will fish dry on small streams most of the time regardless of what I see since there is rarely a hatch. On larger rivers were there are decent hatches, I will go to the dry when I start to see fish rising.

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  5. Beautiful fish. I start work tomorrow so my time on the water is about to be cut very short.

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    1. Kirk - thanks, we've been rerunning into some pretty brown's lately

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  6. Nice fish Mark. I fished the Moosup River TMA Friday. Never saw a fish in 2 hours then gave up since it was cold and windy and raining on and off. DEEP reported stocking last week but I find that hard to believe. Usually I'm accompanied by Osprey's when the TMA's are restocked.

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    1. Thanks John, these late winter/ early spring days can be hit or miss. Sometimes the fish are active and sometimes not.

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  7. Beautiful wild brown trout. I love the colors on them.

    Regards, Sam

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    1. thanks Sam! That little stream can produce some beautiful wild browns for sure

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  8. The colors on that first one are bold and beautiful! Goodbye Winter!

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    1. Justin - thanks. I love that flaming red adipose fin on that brown. Capturing those colors is why I bring the camera along!

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