This past week, my wife and I took some time off to enjoy a quite week in the Adirondacks. I was looking forward exploring a wilderness area that I haven't had the opportunity to spend much time in.
Early in the week, we headed up an unmarked trail into a gorge with a brook running through it. I was curious if it held any brook trout. As we drove into the area we spotted a large bull moose crossing the road. He was across the road and through the underbrush and gone in just a few long strides. The land speed of this massive creature was truly impressive. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to grab the camera and get off a quick shot. He had quite a rack on him that I estimated at 6 ft across. On the hike it we saw lots of moose tracks in the softer ground.
As we hiked up into the gorge, I was encouraged to see a good flow of water despite the generally dry conditions in the mountains. Later in the week I visited a favorite mountain brook and was disappointed to see it too low to even fish. When we reached a nice looking plunge pool, I put my rod together and did a little prospecting with a Royal Wulff and a nymph dropper. After a few drifts through the pool, the dry went under and I was soon holding a beautiful brook trout in my hands. Some smaller brook trout attacked the dry and the nymph before I packed up the rod knowing that the brook was promising lead for further future exploration.
Later in the week, we hiked up to a trout pond to have a look. The dry conditions of this past summer had encouraged a good deal of weed growth in the more shallow parts of the pond but it was a pretty little pond that we enjoyed spending a little time resting by.
|A small cave in the gorge|
|Just what I was looking for|