This morning I hit the ponds in Essex. I was there exactly at the right time... the light was just right and the shallows lit up. I could see hundreds of bluegills everywhere. I used small soft hackled nymphs and dries and caught a ton of fish. Sight fishing is so great!
After a couple hours some people came along with remote controlled boats and that was the end of that. I headed off to another pond, a weird pooled up part of a stream in the middle of the woods. I already knew that it had bass and bluegills, and being even smaller than the other pond I was sure they'd eat. I didn't get any big ones, but it was just cool to catch fish out of such a weird pond.
In the afternoon I had plans to go on a hike so I left Essex early, but on the way home I got a text saying it wan't going to work out, so my conciliation prize was checking out a stream on the way back that I had already been looking at intently on the map. With an Ausable Ugly on my tippet it did not take me long to figure out that there indeed are wild brook trout residing in these incredibly clear pools and runs.
Obviously this is a place I need to visit again!