Saturday, November 19, 2016

A tale of two streams


We've had some warm, clear November afternoons this week. Earlier in the week, I spent the day on the Farmington River.  I haven't fished the Farmington in quite awhile and I was curious how it was fishing after the long dry spell we had this summer and are still having into the fall.  I fished hard the whole day with little to show for it except one brown, but who's complaining when you are outside all day.  It was disappointing to see areas of the river drier than I have ever seen them.  Some of those areas held wild brown trout indicating that spawning areas were close by.  I just didn't have the heart to take any pictures.  The highlight of the day was watching a couple bald eagles flying along the river with a crystal clear blue sky above.


A favorite small stream in the early morning sun
Alan and I made plans to meet this morning and fish a favorite small stream together.  Alan commented that it was been about 6 months since we fished together last!  We enjoyed some coffee and muffins and caught up in the warm morning sun.  I choose to fish a dry the entire day and hooked a bunch of wild brook trout bringing a couple to hand.  We commented throughout the day that this particular small stream was pretty healthy probably the result of a number of small springs and seeps in it's upper reaches that had keep the water cool and flowing through the drought.  We spotted lots of brook trout running for cover as we tried crept into position as well as hooked many young trout and a fewer healthy adults.   I fished a elk hair caddis and parachute adams most of the day.


The master at work

There is short video clip of Alan releasing a nice brook trout over on the Fishing Small Streams facebook page

16 comments:

  1. You guys probably had the last real good day weather wise for a while. Nice scenic photos . Good Job Guys.

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    1. Pete - you are probably right and we did enjoy it for sure!

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  2. Mark, thanks for the coffee and muffins, along with some fine time on the stream.
    Beautiful day, beautiful brook trout and some quality conversation.

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    1. Alan - Thank you for your company! Always a pleasure walking along a stream together and thank you for the flies.

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  3. Well done, fellas. Glad you got to take advantage of the beautiful day.

    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam. What a difference a day makes!

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  4. It makes me happy to hear that you and Alan fished together. I would have to say that under any circumstances that would make it a great day. I'm thankful that my friends are still getting out. Snow is coming.

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    1. Howard - thanks! The snowflakes are flying this afternoon, that's New England weather for you.

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  5. Well, Howard, updated you on our situation here in Northern Colorado... However, great to read of your and Alan's trip out along the small streams in your area. Beautiful to be able to touch a Brookie with a Dry Fly this time of year....

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    1. Mel - It sure is! Snowing is flying here today as well but there will be warm days here and there.

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    1. Thanks George - it was a fantastic day to enjoy

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  7. Mark, sometimes those slow days with only one or even no fish are my favorites as they turn into great scouting opportunities. Of course, as you said, it is hard to complain if you are outside all day!

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    1. David - they certain do encourage you to move around!

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  8. It's good to see and read about your outings this November, and that you're getting into fish despite the low water conditions. Over all, the weather has been inviting, even if the stream conditions are disappointing in places. Currently I'm fishing Shenandoah National Park and find the streams to be very low and extra challenging, with most of the trout in the higher, colder pools.

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    1. Walt - Fantastic! Hope you have a wonderful trip. We will all be looking forward to reading all about it

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