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  1. The state stocks this river in 3 locations one of which is from road bridge about 1500 yards upstream from my fishing area. There is a really deep pool just down stream so It's a safe bet that's where some of them are. I can fish that pool with a little bit of effort. There is also beautiful water going upstream from that bridge that is land locked by private property and I don't have access to. Typically it takes a week or two before some of them make their way down to the area behind my house.
  2. I can't say I dislike my work, the fact is I truly enjoy my day job most days anyway. I've also been fortunate to also work as a professional musician in rock bands on weekend for the past 35 years. But given a choice on a beautiful day I'd rather be fishing. Yesterday I was outside all day in rural Connecticut doing utility pole surveys. The pole line paralleled a nice little stream. At one point we crossed over it and from the small bridge I could see several small Brook trout looking back -mockingly. Hmph...
  3. On several occasions I've had dragon flys grab a a light brown colored soft hackle while it dangled off the end of my rod and try to carry it away. My Theory: Bugs eat other bugs. Flys look like bugs and probably smell or taste like food because of the natural materials they are made with. You look like food, you smell like food, you're coming with me-
  4. They are known as North Country Spiders in the UK, in the U.S. we tend to call them Soft Hackles. Pretty much the same thing. They are really effective because all those legs come alive and move in the water. Traditionally the body is silk thread, simple in their design but they can be tough to master.
  5. It's 48 degrees out with a forecast high of 58, the sun is shining and there is only a gentle breeze, an absolutely perfect day to be casting a line. But not for me because I'm stuck at my @#$% office watching another perfect fishing day slip away through a window. Earning a living is really starting to interfere with my fishing. For anyone out there who's also got the "work ethic" curse here's 4 minutes of sanity-
  6. Wow that's beautiful water! I also always have an eye out for hidden Brook Trout streams here in Central Mass. Most anglers won't spend the time or effort trying to locate cold high gradient streams to catch (and release) such a small fish but to me they are a jewel. Sadly as you know so much land here is posted. I used the Mass Wild Trout streams website and compare the streams they show holding wild brookies with Google Maps to find public access points. It's always a great day when I find one that's not plastered with "No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted signs".
  7. Not really, I would say at the closest approach it might be 30' but the majority of it is 50' and beyond. The path in the stream location is not smooth but full of ruts and exposed roots so they can't really go to fast. This is on Army Corps of Engineer/State property project and here in Massachusetts nothing gets approved without an environmental study.
  8. From the way Robert describes it it sounds like it is a hackle but with qualities like Marabou. He usually recommends specific substitutes to replace now illegal feathers but It sounds like he hasn't found one for the Brown Owl hackle.
  9. Would anyone like to share their stories of how they discovered a favorite or secret fishing spot? I have a nice free stone stream a 10 minute drive from my home that I fish at all year. Our state stocks it (Bows and Brookies) but It warms and I have never caught a trout in my usual holes past mid June. Still the water usually flows well through the summer and it's loaded with Fall Fish, River Herring, Gills and some foot long large mouths. All of which are really fun on a fly rod and I've had days when I've caught 40 of them in 4 hours. I fish it when I don't have the time to drive out to the cold water rivers in the area. I have fished from my put in spot to the small dam up stream and to a spot down stream at which point it becomes impassible at least for me. Over the years while at my tail gate getting geared up I have watched pick ups hauling dirt bikes pass by sometimes a dozen at a time. Saturday morning for the first time in 12 years one of them stopped and asked how the fishing was and if I had ever fished at the other end. Other end? He said the dirt bike trails were open to hikers and fishing. He told me of one trail that followed along side the river for a few hundred yards and that while riding he had always thought that it looked like great fishing. I knew where the parking for these trails was located but I didn't realize the trails run below the parking area down fairly close the the river. This is about 1500 yards down stream form the farthest point I had ever reached. So Saturday late afternoon my wife and I took the pooch for hike and did some exploring. When we arrived there were plenty of dirt bikes around. We hiked down one of the trails and came to the river just as the guy said. I know you must be thinking "I don't want to listen to dirt bikes when I'm fishing" but there are so many miles of trails there they actually pass by only rarely and when they do they are going slow. I fished the runs below over 3 hours on Sunday morning and I barely noticed them at all. Thanks to the kindness of a friendly stranger I now have hundreds if not thousands of yards of easily accessible new water to fish. Who knows I might even find a trout hold over pool.
  10. There is a traditional English fly called a "Brown Owl" that was actually tied with Hackle from a brown owl (now illegal).
  11. I had a good 3 hours on Saturday as well. They were hitting winged wets and soft hackles. I was fishing them upstream dead drift without and indicator other than a 4" piece of red amnesia tied into my leader. (Following Davie Wotton's techniques) I also caught 2 good sized Fall Fish and lost 2 reasonable sized "somethings". This rainbow came on a #10 Silver Invicta winged wet. Brook trout caught on a #10 March Brown winged wet- This one grabbed a Red Head Woodcock and Brown Soft Hackle.
  12. That's a great day as far as I'm concerned, that run looks fishy as hell! I'm glad you caught more than peace and quiet this time. Brook trout are my favorite and I would rather catch small brookies than big bows- Is that wrong? 🙄
  13. That's a beautiful fish!
  14. That's a beautiful fish!
  15. Not a trout to be found yesterday- I live a quarter mile down stream of the stocking point with shallow water in between so it usually takes a while before they find to 2 pools behind me.
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