Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Springbrook Brook Trout

About the photograph -- Springbrook does have a few native Brook trout. For many reasons, life for these Brook trout can be tough. However this particular trout is an excellent example of a Springcreek Brook trout.

We still need rain; even spring brook is getting a little low. There have been plenty of spinners, but the cool evenings have slowed the spinner falls. Remember, mayfly spinners need at least 60 degrees before they will return. These insects are so sensitive to temperature that any time during the return flight, if the air temperature drops below 60 degrees, the spinner fall will stall out and the bugs will dissipate back into the trees. Keep in mind, if we have had a few evenings with light spinner falls. Once we do have an evening that is above 60degrees, the spinner return for that evening is going to be very heavy. You will need to take this into consideration, if you plan to fish that evening. Remember Oatka Creek is one of those streams that can produce spinner falls so heavy that it can shut down the fishing down.

Spring brook sulphurs have been hatching on a regular basis for the last few days. If you have been fishing Springbrook, you would have noticed the size of the sulphurs, They are more of a size 14. I do not know precisely which yellow bug this is, most of the time we can get away with a standard size 16 sulphur. However, this is Springbrook and it wouldn't hurt to have a half a dozen of these flies tied in size 14.

Sulphurs are just like the rest of the mayflies. Before the actual hatch happens there is generally a nymph drift. These nymphs will be drifting out of the fast water and collecting in the throats of the pools. At times, this nymph drift can last for two to three hours and it is during this nymph drift we have had our best fishing. The nymphs that we are using are tied dark olive with a yellow wing case and tied on a size 16 nymph hook.

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