Monday, April 29, 2013

Brood II Cicada hatch 2013

Every 13-17 years an area receives a particularly large cicada hatch. This spring CT gets its hatch, and that means lots of big bugs for trout to take advantage of! It ought to be fantastic.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wild Browns and Owls on X Creek

(1/30/2018- This post contains examples of very poor fish handling. Use it as an example of what not to do. Thank you, 
R.M. Lytle)


After opening day, I can finally indulge on the wild fish of my favorite stream. X Creek has a beauty so far unmatched by any other trout stream in the near vicinity. I was lucky and hooked several fantastic browns on my monofil nymph pattern. As I traveled back downstream, I was lucky to observe a barred owl close enough to get pictures. I was overwhelmed by its stare. I have never once seen such an inquisitive bird.
 This wild jewel came from a pool that nearly always produces
 Very few can claim to know the colors of a trout until they have caught a wild fish such as this.
 The owl quietly observers from a birch tree.
The clean water of the stream holds many a secret. A monster may be lurking just behind that rock. Or, as was the case, a little salmon parr.

Pre-spawn Bass on the Fly

This time of year is the best to start chasing bass and panfish on the fly. In Connecticut, the water can still be cold this time of  year, but the big fish have already moved out of the shallows and it is already possible to cast to them with large surface flies, such as poppers and larger chernobyl ants. I personally have already connected with several largemouth over 3lbs stripping bucktails in through the shallow water. On must also not forget the large panfish that can be tempted with the same flies.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Old fly patterns: red tag dry

The red tag dry was designed as an attractor pattern and is very simple and easy to tie.
Hook: size 12-18
Tail: red egg yarn, clipped short.
Body: peacock herl.
Hackle: grade 2 red hen hackle, ore red and grizzly mixed.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva on Dickinson Creek

Although its not yet trout season, I enjoy being witness to the interactions of fish and fly. Yesterday PARALEPTOPHLEBIA ADOPTIVA were hatching on a small stretch of dickinson creek. I especially enjoyed watching salmon parr viciously attack the insects at the surface. This fly was a size 14 and is matched by a blue quill. On the way home I bike past the Cranberry Bog in East Hampton and noticed some small bluegills       active along the sides. I knew this day would come, and I lined up my $350 St. Croix 3wgt and threw foam beetles at the little fish. It must have looked stupid, but it sure was fun to catch a fish on every cast.

Friday, April 12, 2013

First Trout on a Dry this year

 Happily, I got my first trout on a dry yesterday. It was a small brownie on the Salmon River. It followed the Elk Hair Caddis 15 feet before taking it. Not much success was had otherwise.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Salmon River- Early Spring

In early spring the DEEP stocks large quantities of trout into the TMA on the salmon river. Even though the water is still very cold in March, many anglers line the river. This can be frustrating, especially for me. I can't resist the opportunity to wet a line, and the action in my favorite small stream is usually not that great until april. Therefore, I wade into the frigid waters and cast to the stocked browns, rainbows, and brookies.To my surprise, I caught a small wild brook trout near the mouth of Dickonson Creek (pictured in my first blog). For those who do not know the area, this is the tail end of a particularly large pool. Suspected this fish had wandered out of the smaller and colder Dickinson to feed in the slower waters of the big pool. I also landed quit a few more stocked trout over the next few weeks.

About Me and My Favorite Pastime

I am a small stream angler who moved from Pennsylvania to Central CT. Although I can mostly be found fishing small waters for wild trout, I fish the big waters in my state occasionally. I also appreciate stalking bass, pickerel,  and panfish on the fly. I tie my own flies and actively observe the rivers I fish.


this small wild brooky wandered into the Salmon River from Dickinson Creek. The poor thing jumped and smashed into a rock, and didn't survive. I took him home and gave him to a friend.