Saturday, June 24, 2017

Natives, And A Classic

"Natives"..not brook trout but those fine vegetables and fruits that are local. I am very lucky to have two very good farms within a couple of miles of home. One of the farms I visited the other day has lots of native produce on sale right now. I saw these beautiful yellow summer squash and picked up a few. This can be steamed or sliced and baked with seasoned bread crumbs. I got to talking with the owner and was told that the native sweet corn would be available around July forth. Corn is one of my favorite summer veggies.

"Got Sausage"....if not make some. I had some country style pork ribs in the fridge. I took them out and removed the bone. Then took a knife and cut them into the desired size. There is no need to grind the meat especially for this amount. Then some simple seasonings, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and a drop or two of wine. Fennel seed can be also added, some like it and others find it undesirable for various reasons.

Get yourself a handful and form patties. Grill them crispy in some spots for that distinctive flavor and texture.

When done serve along side a hot pepper and a salad and "wow"...they are also great for breakfast.

A New England Classic
"Moxie" if you have not tried this drink please do. It is a favorite of mine.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

North Country Flies, They Are The Real Deal

The more I delve into these North Country Flies the more I'm liking them. These patterns were created centuries ago and my goodness they work. The simplicity in tying them is beyond words, like the commercial say's even a caveman could do it. The fly pictured is a Partridge and Blue, or sometimes Blue Partridge. Tied back in the 1800's. Blue silk body with sparse mole dubbing and partridge hackle. The colors don't suggest a natural insect, well yes it does. The insect is a sand spider, and they are often found in sandy sections of streams. The fly is best used in the months of April, May and June. Over the past few months I have fished the fly in various streams along sandy sections.

Places as this.

And just as the book said, the fly worked perfectly. The light colored brook trout, as they hang out in the sandy bottom. "Camo"

In this run as I worked that Blue Partridge along the bottom an ample amount of trout hit the fly.

I think those Yorkshire gents may have really figured it out. "Thanks"....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Brookies, Snow Balls, And The "Conover"

Yesterday was Father's Day and one of the nice things about this day is the fact that there's not much resistance from other parties to the thought of going fishing. Permission granted and I was out the door. I headed to a stream that has in the past been good to me in terms of fishing action. When I got there I found tumbling water and plenty of it. While gearing up I could already feel the humidity, that nasty clammy feeling. The clouds were hanging on but the forecast was for some sun to break out, which may not be helpful in terms of feeling good.

The mountain laurel is in full bloom, like snow in the mountains, and a prettier sight is not possible...well maybe.

This is the "well maybe"...wild brookie on a dry fly....a dry fly that would work very well today.

A typical Connecticut freestone stream. Lots of rocks to hop and dodge.

Behind some of those rocks hold fish like this one.

"The Conover" a Catskill fly that got a lot of attention. This fly was tied with ginger hackle, but now I have in my possession  the golden badger hackle this pattern requires. The dubbing is home-made.
There is a nice little story behind this fly... I'll tell you about that later.

I probably have caught 1000's of these fish and I never get tired of them....

I never get tired of views like this.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

One thing we all have in common.
Happy Fathers' Day.