Thursday, March 1, 2018

The last hour

As of this morning the trout season in CT is closed.  There are special regulation areas that remain open all year long but those of us who enjoy fishing the small streams that are not stocked and off the beaten-track, will have to wait until April to fish them again. 

I had been watching for a break in my schedule and the weather to check out a small stream I fished back in the spring and yesterday afternoon was my last chance.  The ground was damp from all the recent rains and the brook was full and healthy.  The skunk cabbage is breaking through the ground everywhere now, it's distinctive smell noticeable but not overwhelming.

With only an hour or so of daylight, I moved quickly to cover a couple runs that I thought might hold fish.  The dry-dropper that had been productive on another stream proved useless.  A pink squirmy worm with a tungsten bead confirmed the brook trout were willing to pick up something that looked like a meal.  After a few light bumps on the worm, I switched to an Ausable ugly which connected with the first brook trout of the afternoon.  I continued to fish the "ugly" and found brook trout just were they were supposed to be, in the deeper, softer sides of the runs. I am looking forward to returning in April knowing that the native population had survived the past summer, fall, and winter.

Even though my time was limited, I was thankful to close out the last hour of the season on a small stream!

This is why I fish small small streams!

12 comments:

  1. Mark, I am glad you had the opportunity to fish on such a gift of a day. What a beautiful and plump brook trout. A true survivor.
    Regards,
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam! It was a short trip but worth being out. It was great to see the brook trout hanging on another year and I will be looking forward to the next visit in April

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  2. Mark
    I'm looking forward to your first trips in April connecting with the wild trout in those beautiful streams you fish. Just something special about landing a wild trout verses a stocked one. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - they aren't big but they sure are beautiful, a reminder of days long ago when the northeast was full of these native char

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  3. Mark
    Nice to see you had a successful outing, brought a few to hand. It was a beautiful day to be out and about.

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    1. Pete - it was indeed good to be out! I only wish I had more time

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  4. Mark, I'm trying to figure out what's the stream.
    I know that is one very good looking native.
    Well done.

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  5. Very nice Mark, glad you got one last outing in....

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    1. Thanks Doug, it was nice to be out one last time before the season closed

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  6. Mark, glad to see you got out,hopefully the memory of the will be enough until April,but I doubt it. Ours has closed as well. Special regs. Only now. We are still experiencing very high water, but I'm not going to complain about lots of water. Beautiful specimen you brought to hand. Thankyou.

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    1. Brad - thanks, there are still special regulation areas for when you just need to get out but I will be looking forward to April. I didn't realize you had the same situation in PA! Have you had a chance to try out your new cane and silk glass rod?

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