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!|