Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Days

These November days can be a tad different, talk about temperature swings. One day it's in the 50's and the next it's the high 30's and the next it's windy and cloudy. Given the chance to go fishing I take it and well the weather will not change for me so what the heck why not go. The streams at this time of year are usually in fine shape and offer some great fishing at certain times. Fly choices are narrowed down and you can fish top, middle or bottom, it's pretty much like that year round so why are the fly choices narrowed down. What I mean is you can choose pretty much the same dry fly all day, or the same wet fly and if you like use the same nymph. Is this my method of fishing November waters "no" but you could.

I like to change flies and types from time to time just to see if a sulphur parachute will work in November as well as it does in June. Perhaps a Partridge and Blue may turn a fish on, and a Mickey Finn this is a must try bucktail in November.


A beautiful brookie from a clear pool.


Several trout were observed in the tail of this run. I spooked them and the vanished up under the bank or the roots. I continued to fish further upstream for awhile and on the way back I approached this run from above. The fly drifted and a fish swirled.


Precious.


Another November issue is ice. It's not everywhere but you had best beware of it.


Saw this little fella the other day. Don't know what he is but I guessed he should not have been where I saw him.









Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some Work From My Desk

Good morning. A bright picture to start the day, along with my second cup of rich coffee and I'm ready to type. A good frame of mind is necessary to do this and all the help I can get as well as what medium I get it from helps. A few flies here, the first couple of them were tied with CDC. I never tried fishing them but they looked good on the vise.



The CDC spider. This one tied on a curved hook.


Another CDC fly...looks like it might be eaten.


These next two spiders are tied on some pretty cool looking hooks. They are Mustad 94842, they feature an up-turned eye. This one has a mole dubbed thorax and a very nice feather for it's hackle. The feather is from a partridge and is located on the shoulder.


This fly also tied on the up-turned eye hook. It features a sparse dubbed body of natural mole and another feather from the partridge shoulder.


Fumbling through Smiths' book North Country Flies I found this fly. Most of the materials I can't get but from the description I think it looked like this. I fished this the other day and it was working well until a tree ate it.









Monday, November 13, 2017

Let's Warm Up

Have you ever tried these, if not please do.
This morning here in Newington CT we received our first snow..while it did not cover the ground it sure looked nice. The last few days have been a bit chilly. The weather while being normal for this time of year the milder temps of late Oct. and early Nov. had us fooled or maybe complacent.

It is on these cold days that a good hot soup or stew makes us feel so good. I have a couple of my favorites I'd like to pass it along to you. Most are fairly simple and require inexpensive ingredients. Try one or both and I think they will be your favorites too.


Beef stew in a cast iron skillet. Beef cubes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery salt, pepper, soy sauce, and flour or cornstarch just to thicken.


Yankee Bean Soup..some ham cubes, vegetable broth, onions, carrots, small white beans, and pepper. Serve it with crusty bread, or your favorite crackers.


Skillet corn bread. Corn muffin mix, a tad oil, and some fresh corn.










Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Frosty Morning In November, With Spiders In The Riffles

My last outing, I believe it was Thursday was one of those real frosty mornings. The overnight temps dropped significantly and there was a tin coating of ice on the pond in front of our condo unit. So I prepared myself and was ready for the crisp day ahead. Walking to the stream signs of "Jack Frost" were all around. The sun glancing off the trees and landscape gave a Christmas touch to the woods. As I reached the water I was in a mind set that I would see a layer of ice that would form at the edges, well it was not there. I looked for those ice crystals that form from splashing water on the branches that lie in the water and they were not there either. So perhaps it did not effect the water temps at all and maybe it would be a fine dry fly day. I had other thoughts.

I chose instead to fish "spiders" and to fish them in the riffles. Riffles are my favorite areas to fish, most times they are productive and with the right fly I have had some outstanding days.


Boy can Mr. Frost paint.


The head of a fast riffle. A strike can come here as well as in the middle and the tail.


The fish took the spider at the head as it was brought back and then allowed to drift back.


The water here is shallow and it is clear. There is a place where a brookie will hold. It did and in a flash he struck the fly...


Small stream wild brook trout are "masters" of their habitat. They can almost disappear in scant water, amazing creatures for sure.


What a nice pause...hot coffee streamside. Another wonderful day in brook trout forest.