Saturday, August 31, 2019

New Plates

When we moved to MA, I thought it would be fun to have the MA version of Alan's CT plates Smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com.  When I checked the registry, no one had requested them so I put in an application and they came to the local RMV a couple of weeks ago.

I put them on the truck in the morning and then drove to the Farmington in the afternoon and fished a section of the river that is new to me.

To my delight, the first fish of the day was a nice brook trout.  I'm no expert at distinguishing stocked from wild brook trout but this one had some very nice color and was my best brook trout of the year.


I fished dries most of the afternoon and into dark and found a few nice browns and rainbows




I enjoyed a fantastically beautiful afternoon on the river.  At one point in the afternoon, I just sat on a rock and watched the cedar waxwings putting on an aerial circus picking off caddis as they were hatching.  If you look closely at the picture below you can see one mid-river in the center of the shot.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Homecoming

A couple of weeks back, when the summer heat was strong, I decided to head back to CT to fish the Farmington river.  I was missing not being able to fish my favorite spots and the warm temps gave me an excuse to go in search of colder water and bigger fish.
This little guy couldn't resist the light Cahill wet
I had my favorite run to myself from late afternoon til darkness covered the river.  I fished a dry dropper and got on the board with a nice rainbow.  For the rest of the afternoon I fished a brace of wets (light Cahill/ partridge and orange) had lots of fun swinging them through the riffles and having the trout slam them.  One even took the partridge and orange clean off the line (5x)
The real fun started just before dark when a spinner fall had the run erupting with sippers.  The "usual" was all the was needed.  It was a long drive but worth it be back on a river I have so many fond memories with special friends.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

Further up and deeper in

While searching around for the previous stream, I traveled across another very interesting looking brook.  From the topo maps, this stream had a lot of potential with a good gradient running through some steep gorges.  I even had a hint there might be waterfall upstream somewhere so off I went on another Saturday morning.

The water was still a cold 60F in early August which was a good sign.  I think I found what I was looking for!



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Exploration; part 2

This summer, I've made an intentional effort to explore some new Adirondack brooks.  My friend Todd was up in the area from CT, so we decided to look for a stream that I had heard was worth exploring.

We spent the morning fishing dries and found some nice brook trout.  A Royal Wulff and a foam ant was all that was needed.  This stream is definitely worth exploring further.

Todd with a nice brookie that took an ant






Sunday, August 11, 2019

Exploration

This summer I've been doing some more exploration.  I had noticed a stream in the winter that looked promising so I decided to get up early and explore it.  After a wonderful hike I found it very low and without much current.  I walked upstream for a while but it was clearly not a stream that could hold fish.  Not every stream that we take the effort to find will hold fish.

On the hike back to the truck, I stopped to walk along a smaller stream.  As I looked downstream I could see a steep drop.  Exploring further I found this pretty waterfall and at it's base was a small brook trout.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Revisting...

Earlier in the summer I revisited an Adirondack mountain brook that I used to fish fairly frequently.

Curious how this spring and summer rains had affected this brook.  This stream runs through large tracks of hemlock and is a typical tannin-stained Adirondack brook.  The brook was a bit low but there were smaller fish that were willing to take the dry and a few decent sized brook trout.  It has a ways to go to fully recover but early signs are encouraging!


A dark brook trout typical of these tannin-stained waters