Small Stream Report: This never gets old

Our time together was all too brief. Really, I’ve got to do a better job of planning. Because a mountain brook loaded with native char is not a place to rush one’s self.

The day was overcast and cool — like so many others this spring. Bug activity was minimal. But the brookies were open for business. They ate my bushy dry, North Country spider, and micro streamers with equal fervor. The cigar was a Rocky Patel The Edge corona gorda, and it was a good as the fishing. I made the promise of “three more casts” three times. Depressingly, I followed through on the final declaration.

Sometimes being responsible sucks.

Even brook trout like the fontinalis fin. The old timers used to cut the fins off and use them for bait. This one remained on the fish, and he’s swimming around in the same pool I caught him in as you read this.



I found a long run that held a few occasionally rising fish. I couldn’t see what was coming off, but I tied on a size 14 Winter Brown North Country spider and swung it along the length of the pool. I took several brookies, then prospected some deep plunges with weighted mini buggers and ICU Sculpins. This was my last char of the day. A perfect fish.



6 comments on “Small Stream Report: This never gets old

  1. Alton says:

    Now that sounds like a perfect day (short as it was).

  2. Frank Zima says:

    Wonderfully written report! You just motivated me to hit a small stream… somewhere… tomorrow. I might even have to pick up a cigar…


    • Steve Culton says:

      Go get ’em, Frank. And leave yourself plenty of time. 🙂

      • Frank Zima says:

        I went Steve! Got some small browns on elk hair caddis, a small black/ olive bugger, and a similar colored leech of my own design. Fished until dark… somewhere in the Catskills. I didn’t get to a cigar, but had a beer.
        Thanks again for the inspir/motive-ation!

      • Steve Culton says:

        Attaboy! Good stuff. I’m doing yard work…

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