Monday, April 18, 2016

Brookies Before Dark

If you though that the tidal water was the only fishing I was going to do today, you were mistaken. I just got off of a five day stretch of really nice weather in an extremely fishy part of the country during which I couldn't fish. Naw, I need more. So I went for brook trout. 


The first fish I caught was one of the prettiest brook trout that I have ever had the pleasure of catching. When I hooked up I sincerely believed that it was a fall fish because it was so incredibly silver. And that is not where this fish's crazy color ended.

At some angles the silver iridescence faded and it looked as though I had caught a tiger trout that kept the red spots and blue halos of the brooky, which of course could not be possible, there are no browns within two miles of this watershed. Maybe, just maybe, this fish is a rogue salter. this stretch of stream does have tidal access and I once found what I am sure was a dead salter on a sandbar near the mouth once, a 15 inch wild brooky with talon holes in its head. What I do know is that I have never in my life seen a brooky that looked like this one!



The rest of the fish I caught this evening had the typical colors. This stream has a tendency to produce some spot-heavy fish and today was no exception. the Ausable Ugly did a lot of work and caught a lot of fish, including some very nice ones.




The biggest came out of the head of a pool and smashed the Ugly. It was another 8 inch fish. If I keep working, I think I can break the 13 inch barrier this year. I really do want one of those big ones, and for some reason this year is being really nice to use Yankee small stream junkies. Yesterday Alan got a personal best small stream brookie, an absolutely amazing old fish. I really really want to find one of those.



10 comments:

  1. Good Job Rowan. Some very scenic photos of that brook. Awesome brookie too!!

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      It was a really cool fish, unlike any I have seen before.

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  2. Back at it Rowan. Nicely done.
    A possible salter...interesting.

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      Every once in a while you find the needle, in this case the needle is in about 8,000 square miles of hay. Hopefully it is a salter.

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  3. That's a beautiful stream. It's a lot of fun fishing by old bridges and stone walls.

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      They are often fish holding spots.

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  4. Cool brookie and a nice afternoon for sure!

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      It has been great weather lately, perfect for fishing.

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  5. That stream looks so good and gave up some real beauties for you. That silver could only be a salter. Amazing fish!!! Nice adventure.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. It could just be a really silver brookie. It would be a very odd spot for a salter, and frankly salters are extremely rare so odds are it isn't one.

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