Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another Excursion Into the Sticks

Having a full day to kill,  I rose early this morning and geared up for some potential wild trout magic. The ride out to the area was very pleasant. Flowers were in bloom and the air was crisp.

The first stream I fished is apparently home to wild brown trout. I fished it unsuccessfully with dry flies and wets in two stretches. I lost one fair sized trout and caught plenty of chubs. I did do some good though, as I found a wood turtle trapped in a log jam and freed him. He still complained though.

Back on the road, I came across a large pond with plenty of lily pads and an apparent insect hatch (evidenced by a cloud of birds). I saw one large boil. What type of creature it was I do not know. All I know is that I didn't feel like screwing around with bluegills. I went back on the hunt for a wild trout stream. On the way I stopped to check out a glacial erratic that had settled in a very interesting location. I then took the opportunity to photograph the crumbling reminder of the Cold War. The remnants of a Nike Radar site decay in the woods. On the adjacent ridge was the actual launch site.

Eventually I found a suitable Native Brook Trout stream. With careful stalking and probing of every pocked, some absolute gems came to hand.

This little fellow hit five times! His home was the foamy little pocket bellow a slide, shown here:

This one is almost fully colored up! 

Although the hunt for good wild Browns was a failure, the trip was not at all. Some of those natives were pretty good, and I did catch a lot more than are pictured here. And what beautiful weather. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

An Unlucky Fish and Some Doubles

Yesterday I went down to a small mill pond I hadn't visited in a while. Upon arrival I was surprised to see a fairly large carp. How he got there I have no clue, but I'm sure I would have noticed him had he been there before.

Seeing I was unnaquipped to catch such a fish, I began using a two fly rig, and was rewarded with several Green Sunfish Doubles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Early Morning Backing

I went out to wade fish for carp this morning. It was fairly eventful. I hooked one very good fish that screamed well into the backing before popping off. I did land two Perch  and a Bluegill before leaving.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brook Trout in Bigfoot's Back Yard

Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!


Ugh.... Getting up before the sun to go biking off into the sticks isn't really the most fun you could choose to have, but in today's case it was extremely productive. I started off my morning with a huge bowl of cereal before hitting the road. It was gorgeous out, and I passed up a few top notch spots with feeding carp. My intent was to do a more delicate fishing, far from road noise and homes. Riding down a dirt road in the dim morning light of a vast forest you almost expect to glimpse a Sasquatch peeking around a thick white pine.

When I reached the first location I recognized it as being a location stocked with a small amount of fish by the DEEP. It also clearly gets fished out by white bucket carriers very quickly. None the less the two first brook trout were quite clearly stocked. The next one was quite clearly not stocked.

Now that is what I was looking for.
I worked my way up and downstream, but although the water was plenty cool it was mostly very shallow. That pool was the only deep enough to hold brookies larger than 2 centimeters. I decided to go down to a reservoir fed by that and one other thin blue line. It is apparently home to some big bass and pike, but I was not able get anything of size.

Sight fishing for bluegills is fun, but I wanted to get back into some colorful wild trout. I went further up into the headwaters of the first thin blue line, finding fishing that required a lot of kneeling and crawling. It was rewarding none the less. Many of the feisty Native fish were not big at all, but I did hook and loose one that probably would have gone twelve inches. Size regardless, some of those fish are starting to slip into fall dress.

Most of the fish were around this size, a good sign for the future.

This incredibly colorful little male nailed the Edson Tiger.

For a while I biked about to see what there was to see. I climbed a big hill. I am sure the view would have been fantastic if it weren't for the thick new growth. On a small side trail I found what appeared to be remains from a long gone parking lot. In the woods there was evidence of foundations. Some of the asphalt had been used as a canvas. It made for a few good photos.

Further up the hill was a nice escarpment that looked like the perfect location to find a timer rattle snake. A very careful (and cautious) examination did not locate any of these rare reptiles, so back down the hill I went. Somewhere near the bottom I located a set of deep holes made by beaver dams. Had I snuck up on them I could have caught some very good natives, but as I did not even think they would be there I only got to see them briefly before they shot to the nearest undercuts.

Further down the road I came to a bridge over another thin blue line. Despite my best efforts I could not find any fish in it, so It was on to the next.

The next stream was similarly rocky, having worn down into a jumble of glacial eratics carried from the hills to the North. The biggest difference was the amount of water. More reliable springs mean plenty of fresh clean water and fat, healthy fish.

On the ride home I fondly looked back on the day's activities. I could hardly have hoped for better. If time cooperates I will be back out there when the eaves are no longer green and there colors match that of the Brook Trout.