Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Forgotten Posts

A nice little mountain stream
Today's post was one that I originally intended to write earlier in the year.  Somehow, like many other small things, it was swept to the side and forgotten about until just recently when I was "cleaning" the folders with various pictures on my computer.  While out on a quick fishing trip earlier this season chasing my favorite quarry, the small stream brookie, I caught this little guy.

A nice little brookie
I caught him at the head of a small mountain stream pool on a size 14 "fancy" Killer Bug.  I had been tinkering with a regular Killer Bug by adding a peacock herl head to it to dress it up a bit and maybe make a very good fly a little better. It is similar in an appearance to some caddis nymphs I have seen in one of Dave Hughe's books. Below is a picture of the fly.

A "fancy" Killer Bug
Funny thing is that I have not really fished it since then for some unconscious reason.  I think it's a cool fly and easy to tie.  But what I thought was somewhat interesting was the coloration on the brook trout's jaw.

I have never seen a yellow patch on a jaw like that on any brookie I have ever caught.  I guess that is one of the very cool aspects of spending time in Nature.  For me, no two fishing trips or even two days outdoors are ever the same.  I am constantly reminded to never take anything for granted.  There is always something new and interesting to find...one only has to look closely enough.


  1. What a beautiful post. The dichotomies of nature...you captured perfectly.

  2. I will name him Mustard.
    I always enjoy finding/observing/catching animals with unique markings because there is no doubt when you encounter the same animal again.

  3. e.m.b.... thanks very much! I always manage to find something beautiful or interesting on any fishing trip or hike in the woods. That's what makes Nature great!

    Jay...Mustad, I like that! I always look at the patterns on fish that I catch, just because they are beautiful. Funny thing though, at the small pool where I caught this brookie I have never caught the same one twice and the pool is only about 10ft long and 4-5 ft wide. The population of this pool is always changing.

  4. I like the killer pattern, reminds me of a peeking caddis. Might have to try that and maybe play around with a black tungsten bead to get down...

  5. Thanks Karel. Ask Chris Stewart about adding beads to a killer bug. I thought I remembered reading somewhere where he tried that. Another idea I had for a killer bug was to tie it he normal way but add a single strand of krystal flash as a rib from the eye of the hook to the bend. It adds just a bit of sparkle to it.