“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves.” ― Chief Seattle
**** Tuesday, April 22,2014–Earth Day
***Make every day Earth Day–Pick up one piece of trash daily ***
***April 2014 Playmate of the Month is here.*****
Today-Tuesday..April 29, 2014–>> It’s 42°F, raw and windy at the backyard bird bath this morning. A chilly, cloudy, and breezy day is forecast with rain on tap for the next two days. Yesterday, “Al the Guide” and I did some scouting for early stripers at several tidal locations. We did eventually locate some and although we didn’t get any we certainly weren’t without our chances. This got me pumped up and “The Guide”and I were going to try again today. However I’m bowing out as I really don’t want to contend with the wind and cold for a few schoolies. I’m not sure if “The Guide” will go. Last Friday I managed my first Smallmouth of the year while trout fishing. I had caught several trout earlier and wondered why this trout was fighting much harder than the others. Finally seeing I had a smallie answered that question. Last year I got my first smallie in the same spot two weeks earlier. Everything from birds, flowers, and water temps appear to be two to three weeks later than usual. As a result I don’t expect any early May clam worm hatches.
Wednesday..April 23, 2014–>> It’s 50 °F and showers at the backyard bird bath this morning. A recent rumble of thunder sent my dogs clinging cling to my side for comfort. A showery day today and a sunny, windy tomorrow are forecast. Yesterday, “Earth Day ” was celebrated worldwide and despite a general lack of mention by the media Earth Day events went on as planned After watching 1.5 hours of CBS morning news without a mention of Earth Day I set out to retrace my steps of Earth Day 2013. After picking up two bags of trash at nearby recreational areas I went to a small unstocked stream to fish for native Brook Trout.
Earth Day 2014 Brookie
Earth Day 2014 Native
I had planned to fish only two flies, my Lola streamer and Squirrel nymph. These flies had special meaning for me as they were dressed using mainly materials the Earth had provided me, especially my squirrel nymph. Seemed only fitting I should fish them for wild, native trout. (More on these flies later.)
Lola Streamer & Squirrel Nymph
Sunday..April 20,2014–>> Here’s some special Easter Sunday flowers for you to enjoy!
Tuesday..April 8, 2014–>> It’s 46 °F and rain at the overflowing backyard bird bath this morning. I did try a “double secret” spot for native trout last Friday. So secret is this spot that even the trout didn’t know where it was on Friday. I tried another secret spot yesterday and finally managed two handsome brookies. The rains of last night and today should result in swollen streams and should pread out any trout recently stocked for the upcoming Opening Day. This is good news for any who go trout fishing throughout the spring and not solely on Opening day.
-Friday..April 4, 2014–>> It was 30°F at the icy backyard bird bath yesterday morning and the forecast was for a sunny day with temps nearing 60 degs. I’d been planning to try a little warm water fishing Thursday if the weather was good. It was and I loaded my canoe grabbed my gear and coffee and headed out. The target was a small pond that I try fishing once or twice each year in early spring for yellow perch. It’s been said that” it’s not an adventure until some thing goes wrong.” Upon arrival I found the narrow dirt road leading to the pond washed out leaving me to portage the canoe about 150” or so. Something I didn’t relish as now it would take three trips to get all my gear down to it.The three pairs of Canadian geese that honked their welcome and warning toward me may also have been chuckling.Once the canoe was in and loaded I wanted a few pictures of the canoe and pond.
First 2014 Outing
The camera said” Replace Battery.” Great, now I’d have to rely upon the low quality pics from my “dumb phone” to capture the days events. While the day was sunny and pleasant I didn’t manage a single perch and my wife and I would have to go without a fish fry we were looking forward to enjoying. Never had I been there and not caught enough for supper never mind a single one. The remainder of the pond’s residents were obliging and I managed a ” Grand slam”- Largemouth, Pickerel, Callico Bass (crappie) and Bluegill. One of the bass was great sport on my 4 wgt rod and the srappy bluegills certainly put a bend in it.
Scrappy and colorful
4 Wgt Largemouth
There seemed to be an abundance of Bluegills. Most were hanging in 4-5′ of warer meaning the pond was still cold through out it’s mass. All-in- all the day it was an enjoyable day and felt greatto finally get out after a long, harsh winter. Today is forecast to be cooler and maybe I’ll try for native trout from shore for about an hour.
Tuesday..April 1, 2014–>>March came in and left like a lion but seems to be hanging around as April begins. It’s 30°F at the icy backyard bird bath this morning. The first day of April is off to a chilly start but the forecast is for a sunny day with seasonable temps. Seasonable temps are forecast for the remainder of the week and later in the week might be a good time to try some perch and pickerel fishing. Last April provided me with a day I’m unlikely to forget. The numbers and size of the fish I caught didn’t make it memorable but rather the unique experience I enjoyed. I posted about it last April and I’ve posted it below. I’m planning on returning to the same spot on the same day this year.
Tuesday.. April 23,2013–Yesterday was Earth day and I had planned to fish Beach Pond on the RI/CT border in my canoe. The strong breeze convinced me otherwise so I picked up some litter at the pond parking lot and headed for a stream I hadn’t fished in 40 years. I fished further up the stream than I had ever done and found many receptive native Brookies ranging from 7- 9″ a few pushing 10″. The day although breezy was sunny and cool which made the hike along the stream refreshing. The beauty of the day and stream was overshadowed only by some very pretty native trout. Trout that were special as they were kin to those who had survived both flood and drought over hundreds of years and still managed to sustain a healthy population.
Earth Day 2013 Native
The stream’s eco system is very fragile and could easily be destroyed by run-off pollution or other forms of pollution which are toxic to the environment. Stocking and allowing put and take fishing on this stretch of the river would also threaten the native trout. I found another challenge to their existence in a few small but deep pools I fished-Yellow Perch. I caught three Yellow Perch that I didn’t expect to find in this stream because much of it is shallower and the current faster than Perch prefer. I have no idea how they found their way there but needless to say those three perch are no longer a threat.
As I headed back along the stream to my truck I crossed paths with another fly fisherman. We struck up a conversation and as we talked he deftly took a native on a Elk Hair Caddis. He told of his love of Atlantic Salmon fishing on the Restigouche River in Canada and I talked of chasing Maine Smallmouths and R.I./Mass Striped Bass yet our conversation always returned to that two foot deep, twelve foot wide stream and it’s native trout. When I returned to my truck I sat and paused for a few minutes to reflect upon the day. I found it interesting that two fly fishermen should accidently meet along a small stream, one whose passion is Atlantic Salmon and the other Striped Bass, yet they shared a common bond- some very special and beautiful Native Trout.–Ray