Saturday, January 28, 2017

Species #51

I explored a tiny piece of water today. In the back of my mind lingered the hope that it would contain brook trout, but I knew it was extremely unlikely. I have fished streams this size that had brook trout before, but this one lacked the depth some of those streams had. It did, however have fish. Just not salmonids. It was full of little dace and shiners, and with a stripped hook and a LOT of effort I somehow hooked into my 51st fly rod species, a blacknose dace. Micro fishing! I'm still not sure how that "big" hook found lip but I won't dwell on it.





12 comments:

  1. Nice fish. Did it take you to the backing?

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    1. Yeah, hell of a battle. Nearly spooled my 10wt!

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  2. WOW, micro fishing. That must be a new record for you. How did you feel the take?
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. What, for smallest fish? If so, no, I've caught smaller fish in tide pools on size 24 flies.

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  3. Yeah, I'm interested in hearing how the take felt?

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    1. No feel, it was all sight. I missed about 100 takes.

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  4. RM
    Is that a small shiner? This tiny stream and many others there are the lifeblood of all those streams you guys fish that have those beautiful brook trout. Good Post!!

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    1. Bill,
      It is an Eastern blacknose dace, "Rhinichthys atratulus". Commonly represented be a streamer pattern designed in Maine called, fittingly, the blacknose dace.

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  5. That's crazy!!! Love it! So maybe there is hope for me after all. That's all I see on the Hammonaasset, Muddy, and Farm. Little tiny minnows!

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    1. Trust me there are trout in all three of those streams.

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  6. They make great pets.. just saying XD -Weightforward

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    1. I have a feeling my beta would disagree.

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