This particular morning I met John and his friend Brad. John recognized some of the areas I've fished from the pictures I've shared here and that began an email conversation that eventually led our meeting since we were both in the area.
|John and Brad briefly removed their bug|
nets for a quick photo
We met shortly after sun up and took a hike up the valley and dropped into the gorge. Our first bushwhack turned out to be a miscalculation on my part and put us further downstream than I had planned. We fished that stretch for a bit and then hiked back up, and headed further up the mountain to some plunge pools that I wanted to show John. It takes some time and effort to seek out places like the one below but the effort is well worth it.
|This is the place my mind takes me to when I think of the Adirondacks|
From our brief survey, I was pleased to see that the brook trout population is rebounding. Finding trout ranging in size from young of the year to a healthy size was encouraging. In year's past, this stream has produced some of the largest and most colorful wild brook trout I've run across in the Adirondacks and I am hopeful that we will see a return.
|The Ausable Ugly was the fly of choice once again|
|A classic Adirondack brook trout caught from this brook in 2012|