Catskill brook trout waters...

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Catskill brook trout waters...

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My wife's out this eve, so I was sitting here killing some time and decided to do this post for our friend from the Green Mountain State--- Ed Pirie in Vermont...

Ed, all the photos below are of Catskill brook trout waters... places I've fished throughout these mountains, all different seasons... none of these are posted, other than by NYS...
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... a favorite pool...
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... a special place, The Brook Trout Hole...
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I hope you enjoyed taking this trip with me... :D

... only wish I could remember how to get back... :roll:

Ed

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This is why I enjoy this wonderful site.

Thanks, Ed

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Hi Ed,

Thanks for posting your pictures. Your brooks look just like any of the brooks I am used to fishing, not the same pools of course, but the setting looks like home to me. I have often wondered when I have seen pictures posted of what looked like the brooks I frequent, and out comes a brown or a rainbow. I would find these in the main rivers here, but never in our brooks. Now, I am speaking for the northern half of the state, and not down south. I had not given the water temperature factor any consideration before. The scenes lulled me too much into thinking I was fishing a brook around here.

Now, there are some tributaries that will have spawning browns and rainbows finding there way upstream, but as a rule, these streams remain brooktrout waters. In the dead of summer when some of our rivers have warmed up or are running low, the brooks are where you will still find good flows and water temps. But, you can expect to be catching brook trout, and not browns or rainbows in these small brooks.

I love looking at all your pictures and can find myself easily walking into these scenes and being very content. I had not thought about the water temp factor before, but this explains the browns and rainbows finding suitable habitat in some of your small brooks. In the Catskill area, it must be close to our climate, at least in the mountains. I know the Adirondacks are very much like here, only often much better fishing.

Thanks,
Ed

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Truly beautiful photos. Thank you for making a glum winter's day more bearable.

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Folks thanks for the kind words and comments... as soon as I posted this last evening, my wife walked in--- home from her meeting... she looked these over and asked me to print two photos for her to paint, so I guess we're all winners on this one...

Ed, about half the photos I posted are pure brook trout waters... the other half hold varying degrees of wild browns, from slim to 50%... none of these streams are stocked, all are home to wild trout only... water temperature is a big factor, plus water chemistry... also, are there any natural barriers below these points to prevent browns and rainbows from migrating upstream, pushing out/overtaking the wild brook trout populations... most of the trout are probably small with 6" a nice fish, over 9" a good fish, and 12" or better a real trophy... that said, you never know what you might hook if one is stealthy... over the years I've been surprised a few times and learned to take nothing for granted...

More than that, I love these environs...

Ed

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Ed there's a lot to love there even if the trout aren't cooperating all of the time.

Regards, Jerry

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Ed, those are so beautiful... I could just imagine you standing along side any one of those brook trout streams dangling a beadhead nymph on a Tenkara rod. :lol:

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wiFlyFisher wrote:I could just imagine you standing along side any one of those brook trout streams dangling a beadhead nymph on a Tenkara rod. :lol:
Oh boy... :roll: :o :? John, I think you're taking lessons from Valla... :|

Ed

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Beautiful water Ed. Makes me want to travel along some of our brooks but the roads (dirt) are a sheet of ice at the moment. Lamenting through your neet pictures will have to do for now. THANKS! :D
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Your pictures make me feel like I could walk right on into the scene, Ed!!

Spring fever city for the kid!!! :roll:

-Rick :D
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