I awoke early to chase wild brook trout for just a few hours. Off and on, I’ve been exploring small streams. Many times, I hit dead water. Sometimes, I find some fish. Always, though, I learn something.
Today, after last night’s cold snap, I received no hits on nymphs while fishing upstream at a favorite location. Tried a dry-dropper. Nothing.
The water temperature was lower than the last time I was at this particular spot. Perhaps, the fish needed something substantial to encourage them to move?
With nothing to lose, on the way downstream, I put on the JT Special and got a take on the first cast. Thankfully, it didn’t pop off, and I was able to see a gorgeous brookie. What a relief! The skunk was off!
For deeper runs, I added a Rainbow Warrior for more weight and started to tightline again, ending each drift by swinging the flies. I got takes on both the nymph and the streamer, both on the drift and the swing. Quite a few brook trout came to say hello. Most were 6” to 8”. A midge wet fly also did well. I will write about that pattern in the future.
The two best fish are in the video below. One was 12” and the other was very pretty. I guess it pays to experiment with different flies.
Fun to chase wild fish at small streams. Best two of the morning in this video, one at 12”. Details at BlogFlyFish.com. No hits until I put a streamer on as a dropper fly. Guess it got their attention given the cold snap? #nofilter #flyfishing #brooktrout #euronymphing #thomasandthomasflyrods #orvis
Some photos below. Enjoy your Sunday!