Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I was pretty busy, and didn’t have enough time to type up a new post. I make a real effort to post everyday, so I guess I’ll extend Brookie Week an extra day!
In Massachusetts, we are very lucky to have a small population of sea-run brook trout. These “salters” migrate back and forth between the ocean and the river, and are only found in a very small selection of streams. They once inhabited a large number of brooks, but now that number has greatly diminished. But there are still enough brooks left to provide some great fishing, and if you live in MA, or anywhere else close by, you need to fish for these wonderful trout at some point in your life.
For anyone who has never targeted these salters, make sure your fly box is stocked with streamers. My top fly there is a small white marabou streamer, followed closely by the classic Mickey Finn. Nymphs have never really worked for me, so I just leave mine at home and bring an Altoids tin stuffed with my top streamers.
So as far as locating fish, I usually sight fish. The water is pretty clear, and with a good pair of polarized glasses, you can usually spot them. But if there is a deep pool, or spot behind a tree where you can’t see, throw your streamer in there and see if one bites! Its also worth noting, that in the bay you can catch many saltwater species as well. I’v caught many bluefish and stripers, as well as other small fish in this area.
Finally, as one last note, I want to stress the importance of taking care of these trout. Their population has decreased dramatically, along with their habitat. While Red Brook does have strict catch and release regulations, it is still important to be careful when fighting, unhooking, and releasing these trout. Remember, it’s up to us to keep these trout in good shape!
For other good info on sea run brookies and Red Brook, check out these sources…