Thursday, October 13, 2016

On of those afternoons...

What says "New England" more than a covered bridge over the
Housatonic River in the fall? 
It was one of those afternoons, those crystalline clear, cool early fall afternoons that we day-dreamed about back in the hot humid days of summer.  One of those afternoons, when you just wanted to be outside to breathe the air and to lift your eyes toward a vast landscape of greens with small pockets of yellow, orange, and red.  All signs of even more beautiful days ahead.




It was one of those afternoons, when you explore miles of good looking water without even a bump using your go to nymphing rig.  But, no worries because it's just one of those fall days that being outside is enough.

Some great looking water but NO interest from the fish!

It was one of those afternoons when everything seemed to turn on at just the expected time.  Where you were in the right place at the right time.  Where you had everything figured out before things even started to happen.  It was one of those afternoons, where for 2 solid hours you and your buddy had non-stop action starting with a small #20 CDC olive emerger and then swinging small wets.  It was one of those afternoons when everyone around you was wondering "what are those guys doing right?".  Yes it was one of those afternoons you dream about and every now and then experience! It was one of those afternoons.


The first fish of the evening, a "survivor strain" brown as indicated by
the red elastomer behind the left eye

The best brown of the evening, a solid, highly colored brown that took the small olive CDC emerger

The last brown of the night before things settled down

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous browns! Looks like I ought to get over to the Housi!

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    1. RML - love fishing that river in the fall!

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  2. I am glad you had such a wonderful afternoon, Mark. That two hour zone of non stop action will be in your thoughts all winter long when the snow flies and you're hunkered down tying flies. Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - thanks. Yes it will especially when I am tying lots of small wets!

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  3. Beautiful healthy browns are the mark of a fine Fall day for a fly fisherman.

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    1. Thanks Howard! It was quite an afternoon. It's hard to concentrate on work these days!

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  4. That is a very good day on any river!! Great photos of the Covered Bridge, and those browns look solid and healthy!! Nice Job!!

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    1. Pete - thanks. Many were your average stockie but there were some nice ones mixed in. That very red brown might have been a hold-over

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  5. Congrats on the beautiful browns! You can't beat days like that.

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    1. Kiwi - thanks, no you can't. It was especially memorable because we were fishing wets (one of my favorite modes of fishing) and doing quite well.

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  6. Great read mark and some lovely fish
    Regards George

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  7. Thanks for sharing one of those autumn afternoon/evenings when all is right with the world, at least on a beautiful stream.

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    1. Thanks Walt, still remembering what a fantastic afternoon and evening we enjoyed and wishing to do it again soon!

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