Sunday, July 1, 2012

An Early Summer Morning

Sunrise in the woods
My wife, kids and I went home (my home....upstate) to visit family this weekend.  And like any trip home I usually take a quick trip to the woods to do a little hiking or fishing (or both).  This weekend was no different. I woke up at around 5 am and headed out to find some wild brookies.  It was one of those typical early summer mornings.  It was quiet, a little humid, and with warm breeze...nothing uncomfortable though.  Insects could could be seen flitting from here to there.  A squirrel could be seen going about it's business and black-throated green warblers could be heard singing in the hemlocks.  It didn't take long to find what I was looking for, some peace and quiet......and some brook trout.

First brookie of the day

None of these brook trout or any of the others I caught this morning are going to wind up on the cover of a fly fishing magazine or mounted over a fireplace but that does not matter.  Each and every one is a remarkable work of Nature and a trophy to me.  The opportunity to be out in the woods and stream side on a beautiful summer morning like this is what matters most. I, for one, do not take these moments for granted.


  1. Wonderful write up, with words so true.
    The brook trout speak for themselves.

  2. Thanks Brt Trt. My only regret about a trip like that is that I can't do it nearly as often as I would like to! (...but I will take what I can get)

  3. Great trip report! What a great way to spend a summer morning.

  4. It's nice to get out for a quick fishing trip, isn't it? Especially if you have brookies that cooperate.

  5. Gotta love those brookies. Wonderful to look at and so eager to the fly.

    Catching them in a native stream is just icing on the cake.

    The Tenkara Ambassador

  6. Thanks tenkara ambassador! To me, there is nothing better than catching wild brookies in a small mountain stream. Sometimes I can put the rod down and just watch them go about their business for an hour. They are truly beautiful creatures.