Off the beaten waters......

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Off the beaten waters......

Post by mikevalla » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:27 pm

-By this time most every season, heading into summer now, I make my retreat into small water, empty of river traffic yet filled with solitude. You'd be surprised how many small tickles don't even have a formal name. But many hold wild brook trout. Such tiny water can provide the angler with a fantastic experience; I had a great time today.

The experience is much greater than the sizes of the trout---a 10" brookie is a real prize. But they are wild and provide good sport. Oh how different these photos are, different from big trout you see on the covers of magazines. The camera lens shoved forward down fish's throat, the trout held out at arms-length to exaggerate its size.


The little nameless brook; it provides relief from the river crowds, drift boats and tubers


For me, the goal is rarely about taking a large fish; there's much more to take in---especially on the little streams.


Brook trout are often thought to be dumb; not always the case. I worked on this one for over a half-hour. He slapped my #18 Light Cahill at least 5 times. I rested the pool---then tried a little caddis fly. No cigar. Finally, a #18 Adams took him---all of 9".
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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by turk » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:52 pm

Nice fish!
Ya can't beat a brookies colors.
They're not dumb-just hungry. :D

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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by narcodog » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:56 pm

I love small stream fishing and do it often. I have been told by different folks "I'm after big fish, I don't need to catch small ones". To me they are missing a great opportunity to enhance their fishing experience.

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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by dennis » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:43 pm

Give me small streams any day! Thanks for the pictures.


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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by Ed Pirie » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:48 pm

Thanks Mike for sharing - this Is my kind of fishing.

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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by Eperous » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:14 pm

Mike, I love these places myself as you know... I was "supposed to be" in Maine the last few days with SgtMajUSMC--- our own Tim Didas--- but this is where the "river gods" placed me instead, in Cecil Heacox's Charmed Circle waters casting to small, dark wild Catskill jewels... I'll take it having little other choice...
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Re: Off the beaten waters......

Post by catskilljohn » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:13 pm

Nice stuff Mike, Ed, those little brooks are a treasure for sure. I have not walked mine yet as the temps are still very good for this time of year in the bigger water, but I already am getting the itch for a small stream trip soon.

That fish is dark,dark ED! CJ
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Still at it...

Post by Eperous » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:55 pm

Ugly skies and thunder storms rolled through these Catskills this afternoon... duly noted, the true flyfisher never says quit... ;)
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