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

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    1. thanks Howard! Hope this is a good year for you out west!

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  2. Beautiful brook trout, Mark! Happy New Year to you and your fellow fishermen out there today. A beautiful day for it. I went out for a couple hours myself and netted a skunking...still nice to be out.

    Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - thanks and Happy New Year to you. It was a nice warm sunny day to be out for sure

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  3. Happy New Year Mark! It looks like it was a beautiful day there today to enjoy. Thank you for taking us for another year's adventure. Thank you for last year's trips. Take care, James

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    1. James - Nice to hear from you. Happy New year to you as well!

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  4. Thanks again for the wonderful chicken soup. I really had to work to get that one on the surface. The challenge made for an enjoyable day. Great to fish with you all again.

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    1. AT - my pleasure. I wish I could have gotten there earlier and fished a little with everyone. Nice going on getting one to take a dry!

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  5. It was good to see you again Mark, Happy New Year! That brookie is a great one to start the year on.

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    1. Rowan - Nice seeing you again. As I commented to AT - I wish I could have fished with everyone a little. Congrats on getting one to take a dry!

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    1. Thanks Mike - it was one of the more pleasant NYD outings that's for sure!

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  7. Mark
    I will never get to fish any of those small streams you guys fish, but I have the next best thing in reading your post, Alan's post and Rowan post-----just can't beat fishing with guys who love the sport as much as you do. Happy New Year and will look forward to reading more small stream post for 2017---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - Who's saying never? Someday you will make it up this way and then we can show you first hand! All the best in 2017.

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  8. Well, Mark, you are one nice looking Brookie up on me for the year. Staying ahead should not be difficult with the plethora of small streams you have available and scrappy Brookies! Here is too more happy hook ups in 2017..........

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    1. Mel - thanks and best wishes your way in 2017!

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  9. It was a great day in the weather department. Congrats on that brookie, first of the new year. Nice to get out even for a short while.

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    1. Pete - it was nice to see you again even if for just a short conversation. We will have to spend a little more time on the stream together in 2017!

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  10. Mark, nice way to start the year,I'm glad you had a good weather day. It looks like the pinkie didn't leave you down. I don't think you can get a simpler fly. I'm always amazed by one material flies,and their effectiveness. It would be quite a challenge to fish just flies that had thread and one material for body for a whole year,and see what the results would be.thanks for the post.

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    1. Brad - thanks it was a great day to be out. I think that simplicity in fly design is why a few of us love the north country spiders. Thread and soft feather hackle.

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  11. Happy New Year, Mark. Beautiful dark brookie you fooled...pretty sure I've gotten one out of that pool as well.

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    1. RI brook trout - thanks, I've heard tell of several nice fish coming from there ;)

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