Saturday, January 9, 2016

Four Streams and a few Good Brookies

Kirk and I went to explore a watershed that neither of us had explored thoroughly yet. In a wildlife management area in Eastern CT I found two streams on the map. From satellite imagery, they looked good.  From street view, they looked good. And from a few sources I heard that they contained wild trout. Indeed, neither stream has  been stocked in years. We searched and searched, but the jury is still out... we don't know what these streams contain.

That being said, it is a beautiful stream and the surroundings are stunning. We ran into some cool man made structures, both new and old.






Instead of hiking in to another stream in the next drainage we went back to the area around where I live and fished two more streams. A tiny one, where I caught one little brooky on an ant, and the nice stream in the deep ravine, where we both caught some really nice fish.

The ravine brook has to be the prettiest that I fish regularly.


The Yellow Palmer did it's job in the tail of this flat. While Kirk caught one on a Picket Pin I got mine to come up to the top.

My next two fish came to me in a most unusual and surprising way. I took both on the same fly in the same cast!!! I could see them both battling for the fly in the glass clear water, but when they both got hooked... well, I was baffled! Some how they both stayed attached until I got them to hand when the bigger one either let go or came free, but he was already caught.


Kirk and I both caught a few more of this streams incredible fish. All of them seemed so willing to eat, and the strain that lives in this watershed is one of the prettiest bunch I have come across.


Kirk with the last of the day.
This year has started out fantastic. If we keep getting water, it may very well be way better than 2015. Tomorrow a deluge should work the ice out of the stream and bring the levels up, and if it stays that way I'm sure there will be tons more brookies in the coming weeks.

12 comments:

  1. Well done! Great story catching the two trout on the same fly. Beautiful colors on them.

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    1. Thanks,
      That is an event I don't think I'll be able to repeat!

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  2. They are beautiful. That stream is a real classic. Glad you called, love your adventures!
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. Thanks,
      It's absolute perfect brooky water.

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  3. That's the craziest double I've ever heard of. Next time, three on the same fly/cast!

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    1. Have I ever told you about my quadruple? 5 flies, 4 snapper blues!

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  4. The daily double!!!! Nice job RM!! The photo of the frozen waterfall is really neat!!

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    1. Thanks Pete,
      It was gorgeous, as much as the cold bothers my fingers I love the ice!

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  5. Nice, I had to go back and look at the ice falls a few times. I don't see that much (never) here...very cool shot!

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    1. Heh heh... that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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  6. Looks like a lot of fun, and wow - I've seen two bass caught on a plug, but never two fish of any kind on a single hook rig - AMAZING!

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    1. Thanks,
      It was just about the last thing I expected, I mean it's almost more likely to catch a pike in this stream!

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