The more I've been fishing my local small streams this fall, the more I've realized just how much damage has been done by these last three years of dry summers. There is one stream I have not fished yet this year, but last year it was clear that all of the larger brook trout and many of the smaller ones had been killed. I would not be surprised if this year had done it in entirely as it is one of the smallest streams I fish and by far most badly effected by dry summers. It would be shame to see it dead as it was at one time the best brook trout stream in the area.
Yesterday I checked one stream that I have not fished since summer. I am fairly concerned about it, I did not spook or hook any fish there. I caught one brook trout all day in another stream that also took a big hit this year. This could be just a bad year. But science tells us otherwise... this could very well be the beginning of the end of wild brook trout in CT. That end may be as much as 200 years from now, but unless there is a serious change in the yearly rainfall and unless we start being more careful about the way we use water, it is something we must expect.