Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Last day of November

Here we are in December and I am wondering where fall went.  Other than some Adirondack pond fishing there really wasn't much of a chance to get out.

After Thanksgiving, I had a day when the rest of the family was busy, so I decided to head back to CT to fish a favorite small stream.  I haven't fished this stream in a very long time so I wasn't sure what to expect.  

It was a cold and windy day when I left the house but by late morning the sun was starting to warm things up a bit.  A couple of wand warmer packets in my pockets definitely made the afternoon much more enjoyable.  

I started out fishing a dry-dropper rig since I didn't expect a lot of interest in the dry.  I did find a few fish that were willing to slash at the dry but none really took hold of it.  

I've been fishing an old standard with a tiny twist.  A gold ribbed hare's ear with partridge hackle and small bright orange hot spot accounted for all the fish this day.  Since I was fishing a smaller stream, I tied a few with a brass bead.


Even a familiar small stream will change over time as storms and high water rearrange the furniture.  The first fish of the day came from a nice looking plunge that I've run flies through many times without so much as a bump while other places that always held a fish were quiet.

Still it was good to be outside again and to find some gorgeous wild brook and brown trout.  Lately, I've been using a small hand made net that I really like rather than handling the fish.





8 comments:

  1. Welcome back Mark, to CT that is. No denying the Hare's Ear is a producer along with PT. I'm also fond of wet flies that employ quill bodies, lemon wood duck wing and tail with a turn of soft hackle as a collar. I tie in a hot spot head of real silk thread (waxed not varnished).

    It's getting too cold for me (below freezing). April will be here before you know it.

    As we say: "Christ is born" (literally translated "Christ caused himself to be born") "Glorify Him".

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    1. John - it was very nice to walk along a familiar small stream again! Blessings this Advent season!

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  2. Looks super fun Mark! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Will - thanks! it was. We really have to connect sometime!

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  3. Hi Mark! Greetings from S.W. Florida. Just wondering about your net. Make and size? Thank you so much for sharing your adventures in God’s oh so beautiful creation. Blessings to you and your family. Thank you. James

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    1. James - The net is hand made by Kenny Nelson on facebook. Very nicely made and the perfect size for small wild brook trout. Here is a link to his facebook page. I sent him a message and we arranged the details https://www.facebook.com/kenny.nelson.564

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  4. I am glad you figured out the fly the trout would take on this day, Mark. Brook trout are always beautiful, but I'll tell you those wild browns are really something too. Best Regards, Sam

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    1. Sam - thanks, I had in my mind a stream where I might have a shot at both. Those browns were so beautiful!

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