Monday, May 30, 2016

Dry Fly Time on my Home River

There are many times of year that are exceptional for dry fly fishing on my home stream, but only a few times when dry flies are dramatically more effective than nymphs, and windy days in early summer are particularly productive on the surface. Next time I visit this creek the water should be up a little and I'll probably opt for a big foam beetle with a PT dropper, but yesterday it was all stimulators and hoppers and bombers. I did have to use an Ausable Ugly for one deep plunge, but every other fish came up to the surface.

The first fish smashed a royal stimulator and I was very excited to see that it was quite a nice brookie, I only catch a few natives like this each year in this stream so every one is special.







There is literally always a trout next to that big rock, but I almost never hook it. In fact, it has been two years since I caught a fish in that pocket. It turned out to be a very pretty brown about 7 inches long. I photograph every decent sized fish I catch here, and I know for sure this one is one I have not caught before. I fish this stream at least one time a month and yet I have almost never caught the same fish more than once. By almost never I mean every one in ten fish is a repeat. There are a large number of fish in this stream!!!

The nine inch fish bellow is about as stunning as a wild brown trout will get. The huge bright red spots, the orange adipose fin, the dark navy spots on the cheeks. Tell me, is there a more beautiful trout out there?






I fished very quickly the yesterday. If we get the kind of rain we need, the next trip here I will fish much slower and cover the water more thoroughly and accurately.

10 comments:

  1. Nice stream and great catches, wow!! What was clawing that tree?
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. It's just rotting and dead, though some porkies may have gotten into the bark to look for bugs.

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  2. Beautiful fish, at a gorgeous spot. Keep on fishing

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    1. Thanks!
      Hard to find a prettier stream in CT!

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  3. I saw something interesting at a spot featured on your blog not too long ago, ill show you next time we meet up, as I have it on video. Little brook trout were attempting to migrate upstream, and were jumping 4 feet in the air to clear a spill way. -Weightforward

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    1. Huh! I'll be looking forward to seeing that!

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  4. Nothing like catching trout on dry flies. Very satisfying to cast to a rise and get a hit, most especially to a fly you tie yourself. Beautiful and productive home river you have there, RM.

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    1. I love casting to rising fish, but that doesn't happen that often this time of year on fast moving pocket water like this, which is why big flies are so effective here.

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  5. That one brown with the bright red spots, very similar to one I have caught in my home river too! Beauties!!

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    1. Thanks,
      Could be from the same strain.

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