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

12 comments:

  1. A nice easy fall day.
    Pretty flowers, matched by the wild jewels.

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    1. Pete - it was a beautiful day to be out

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  2. Mark, what a fine morning. It was a nice surprise seeing you there, and fishing with you for a few hours.
    That fellow in your hand is quite nice, and a testament to the streams recovery after the last few years.

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    1. Alan - it was a very nice morning and the brook trout we saw both young of the year and few larger ones indicate that little brook is recovering quite nicely!

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  3. Asters, goldenrod, and a little rain certainly set the stage for lively brook trout encounters. On Sunday a small PA stream produced some action but the stream remains very slender (tight) and the going will be slow until the water level rises a bit with the September rains.

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    1. Walt - Fall rains certainly make things much more interesting. We had a nice bit of rain here yesterday and with some cool temperatures the trees are going to start turning soon!

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  4. Mark
    Glad you and Alan meet up and landed some colorful brook trout. Our temp here in the morning is going to be in the 40's. Looks like an early fall for all of us. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - it was chance encounter but a welcome one!

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  5. Mark, a great account of two fine men and fly fishermen meeting up on a gem of a small stream. There is nothing like our native trout, and I am glad they continue to endure, most especially after last summer. I really wonder how they survived it.

    Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - As Alan is fond of saying "All is well in brook trout forest"!

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    2. Mark, I hope all is always well there!

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