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.