Not sure what to think of this. I have been hitting a wild stretch here in Connecticut.
Todays temps were supposed to hit 35 degrees fahrenheit, but I decided to to a morning session anyway. When I arrived at the trail head it was 33 degrees. Perfect. No ice will form on my tippet.
I had a couple of half assed takes and decided to just hop to water I have had luck in. I did not have a lot of time. So over my last 4 outings. I have only caught one fish each time accept one outing where I got nothing. In the fall, I had success with multiple fish each outing but the winter has put them into a trance.
So i fish this deep pool that has a moderate current and slips under a pine. Last time I fished it I got this nice brook trout. Really the biggest thing I have ever hooked here was a 15 inch brown that I dropped, but most of the fish I catch and land are like this guy. 6-10 inch fish. Typical for a small wild stream here in the northeast.
This time…I decide to experiment with a test fly. My wife and I bought a couch for the living room about 6-7 years ago. We bought matching pillows with it, but for the last couple years the damn things have been purging feathers to no end. My wife decided it was time to go, but she said jokingly …maybe you can use the feathers for your flies.
Ummm…ok…sure… They were a bit long for reverse hackle, but I do like fine for a regular soft hackle.
So…I put this one fly I tied with the goose feather. 4 drifts and I see the line jolt…then come tight to what initially seemed like a log or small submarine moving up current. A flash of its long orange belly told me it was a brown, but I really was in disbelief. Heavy heavy fish, thumping in current. occasionally it would come up and show me its giant head. This river has a ton of dead fall and it littered with obstacles. I really did not think I was gonna land it. I thought for sure that it would convert into a fish story.
Nope…my master fish landing skills were no match for this winter beast. Well, that …and I am sure the cold temps had half its body in hibernation…hahahaha…none the least…here he is…
If I had to guess…its well over 20 inches.
here is the pillow fly…thank you pillow fly!!!
Definitely a trophy fish and a personal best on the tenkara rod. If you look at the last photo…its clear that this fish was not too bright and was recently hooked and possibly caught before. Looks like a hook scar and some leader burn.