Saturday, March 28, 2015

The CT Small Stream Slam

Atlantic salmon parr, brooky, and brown: that's what I call the CT small stream slam. And though I wasn't out for one today, that is what I got. Throw in a tiger and it would have been the best you could do with this stream.

The stream I fished today is an interesting one, it changes every year. The first year I fished it the only fish I saw come out other than parr was a wild tiger. Last year I caught plenty of native brook trout and only two browns. Today I eclipsed that number. I'd call that a good start on that stream for the year! It was snowy and cold but comfortable and oh so beautiful the snow was only accumulating on the trees, not the ground, making for a very abstract setting in which to catch wild salmonids.

The pink worm catches! It may just be my new favorite fly. It took every fish I caught today, and pretty much all of the fish from the last three or four months.




The first brown of the year, always a very good thing.


Neither picture did this native brook trout justice. I dare you to count all those red spots.



As cold as this winter was and as icy as the streams got, the fish have not starved. All those that I caught today were fat, well fed, and healthy. But they are still eating and took my fly readily.

14 comments:

  1. Is that a class 1 stream?

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  2. Some very gorgeous wild fish there. The brookies are beautiful.

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  3. YES, you did have a great day. Nice catches. We go to all the trouble to get all the fur and feathers on our hooks and find out all we need is something pink. It sure is working!. Thanks for the trip.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on,,,

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    1. Than you,
      of course there will be plenty of time it won't work.

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  4. Very nice. Survivors of the great winter.

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    1. Thank you, they evidently thrived!

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  5. Very cool. Sounds like you had a really good day and found a few beautiful fish to photo!

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    1. Thank you, it was a good day of fishing.

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  6. RM
    Really like the photo of the first image showing the subsurface of the stream. Most all the streams you guys fish there seem to present an ease for casting. Most all the streams here are covered with brush along the banks. Colorful trout--thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you,
      though in a few months I'll show you all some streams in the laurels that are so hard to cast and even travel on it is almost not worth it. Then you see the brookies that live there and BOY is it worth it!

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  7. Congrats! All of these fish look nice and healthy after this winter...that brookie is quite big and has some gorgeous spots.

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    1. There seem to be some quite large ones in that stream. Thank you.

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