Monday, October 15, 2018

Red berries, red leaves, and orange bellies…


I hope you all are taking the opportunity to enjoy this fall.  This is my favorite time of year in New England and I am trying to take advantage of it before the business of the coming move takes over.

 The rain continues to come and the streams are as full as I’ve seen them in a long time.  I haven’t seen many of the red maples turning but I am seeing the leaves on the ground.  The last of the late summer New York asters can still be seen but a recent cold snap has left very few behind and the male brook trout are sporting brilliant orange bellies, dark throats, and kyped jaws.
 
Even though there is a lot of water moving through the small streams the brook trout are still eager to rise a well presented dry fly.  As the fall progresses, the fish rarely let an opportunity for food pass overhead.
 
I did fish a dry dropper for a little but cut the nymph off after it was pretty obvious that fish were willing to aggressively rise to a large dry like an Ausable Bomber.   Occasionally a fish would sail over the bomber signaling it’s disapproval of my offering but plenty were willing to take the Bomber without a second thought, some rising 2-3 times to the same fly even after briefly being stung by the hook.  In addition to the brook trout's beauty, their aggressiveness to take a dry and the spirited fight that these small fish display are a few of their endearing traits.



I ended up fishing upstream with the Bomber and then switching to an Adams/Wulff on the way down and catching some of the fish I missed on the first pass.   Forget the football games and get out there and enjoy the season before it’s a distant memory.



8 comments:

  1. A great time of year to be out, Mark. I am glad you had good top water action on those beauties. Nothing like it.
    Best,
    Sam

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    1. Sam - as Alan is found of saying "It's the glorious season" and I agree! It still is my favorite type of fishing. There are bigger, stronger fish elsewhere but my love is fishing the small streams for feisty, beautiful, native survivors!

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  2. Great post Mark. Each one of these jewels seems to be more beautiful than the last. I agree get out and enjoy this fall season.

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    1. Thank you Alan. I thought you would like seeing the last fish. Did you notice the dark line on the under belly?

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  3. I agree with your cutting off the dropper. Unless your fishing a big open pool, I find they are more trouble than they're worth.

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    1. John - I fish the dry dropper a lot but when the dropper isn't doing anything off it goes! I find that keeping the dropper short (~12") isn't too much trouble on small streams

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  4. Mark
    Gorgeous images of the brookies-----give me the brook trout fishing any day over watching football games---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - I do enjoy watching football but not at the expense of enjoying a nice day outside in the fall!

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