Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It's been quiet around here lately

Hello everyone.  Sorry the blog has been quiet lately.  We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel but hopefully we will be getting things back to normal in the next couple weeks and back to the fun stuff soon!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dry fly or bust

After a great afternoon of fishing with friends on New Year's Day, it was time to turn my attention to continuing my little personal challenge of catching a trout on dry during every month of the year.  As winter has arrived here in CT, the next three months will be the most challenging.

Snow still covering the woods on this gray January day
I had the day off work, and the usual suspects were all busy with various things so I decided to head out solo to one of my favorite stretches of stream.  The day was the polar opposite of the warm, sunny New Year's day afternoon; being a more typical New England raw, gray winter day complete with couple showers of sleet, freezing rain and various other forms of frozen precipitation.  Don't ask me why, but there is just something oddly pleasant about being outside on days like this.  Maybe it's just the silence you experience because everything is seeking shelter.

I headed to a pretty little waterfall I sometimes visit.  It seemed fitting to start the day and the year at at such a place.  Waterfalls are active and alive, they sing sweet music, and they remind me that life is dynamic, moving, and yet cyclical, a process of concurrent filing and emptying as new challenges and opportunities come our way.

This day I was committed to fishing a dry fly despite the raw weather and the lack of any insect activity.  Brook trout in these small streams aren't fussy and if it looks like food they don't usually refuse.  It wasn't long before I saw the first brook trout launch itself over the fly.  I was fishing a small tan elk hair caddis and after a few fish rose to it and failed to take it I decided to switch to a darker version.  In the winter there are sometimes small dark stoneflies active, so I typically carry caddis patterns with peacock herl and pheasant tail bodies during the winter months.  The peacock herl caddis brought a few small January brook trout to hand.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Kicking off 2017

my first brook trout of 2017 came from this run
It was a pleasant sunny afternoon to kick off 2017 here in CT.  The gang met up again this year for some fishing, food, and camaraderie. I arrived around 12:30 and started heating up some chicken soup as the others made their way back to the cars. Alan brought along his wonderful homemade chili and we all enjoyed some hot lunch and then went back to fishing.

I managed to get on the board mid afternoon fishing the pinkie in a nice little run on a tributary of the main stream.  Some nice brookies were found and a couple were even taken on dries.

Welcome 2017