Friday, September 15, 2017

Thanks to the Hammonassett TU

A Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Adirondacks
Thanks to the Hammonassett TU and Jim Woodworth for arranging thnigs and hosting me last night. I enjoyed meeting and talking with everyone.  I will presenting next week at Farmington River Angler's Association in case you are in the area and weren't able to make last night's presentation.

Wednesday Sept 20; 7PM
The Farmington River Angler's Association
Farmington Senior Center
321 New Britain Ave
Unionville, CT 06085

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fly Fishermen's Guide to the Adirondacks


I will be presenting a "Fly Fishermen's Guide to the Adirondacks" twice in the coming month.  This presentation describes both the unique geology and history of the Adirondack mountains and how these have affected the brook trout of the region.  Information for accessing this unique fishery is also provided.


Thursday Sept 14; 7PM
Hammonasset Chapter of Trout Unlimitted
Quinnipiac River Watershed Association
540 Oregon Rd
Meriden, CT  06451

Wednesday Sept 20; 7PM
The Farmington River Angler's Association
Farmington Senior Center
321 New Britain Ave
Unionville, CT 06085

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Asters and Goldenrod

Goldenrod
This past week it has definitely felt like the season is about to change.  The mornings have been cool enough to see your breath and after a good day of gentle rain I was thinking about fishing a small stream.  I figured the rain would have brought some more water into the small stream and so I decided to get up early and check a favorite out.  It definitely looked like fall as I drove along the meadows filled with ground fog and the grasses covered in dew.  These days the goldenrod and New England asters are everywhere, signalling the end of the summer and the changes that lie ahead.

New England Aster
The air temperature was 57 (F) and a quick check of the water temperature indicated it was about the same temperature.  The little brook was flowing nicely and very clear despite the previous day's steady rain.  I started off with larger flies but slowly worked down to a #16 Elk hair caddis, taking a queue from the tan caddis that I was occasionally observing as the sun began to warm things up.  Today there were many brief encounters as the fish were not that committed to taking anything but a handful of beautiful wild brook trout were brought to hand nevertheless.

After slowly working my way upstream, I turned around and saw another gentlemen quietly fishing behind me.  He didn't notice me, but when I said hello he quickly recognized me.  I was thinking about giving Alan a call to see if he wanted to fish this morning but decided that he must have plans on this Labor day so I didn't.  When I parked the truck I sort of expected to see his car, since I knew that the previous day's rain would have Alan thinking about a small stream also.  We took turns fishing our way upstream and observing all that was around us.  It was chance encounter but definitely made the morning all that much more enjoyable.  Today, most of the larger fish were sitting in the stronger riffles that ran along or under a bank and when a spot fitting that description was located there was usually a brook trout willing to at least take a swipe or two at a fly. 

One of the beautiful wild brook trout this small stream is home to