A Bigger Brookie

I again went the Swift. At one point, I saw my nymph quickly disappear, set the hook, and saw the rod bend sharply. I thought it would be a rainbow, but as I pulled in the feisty fish, it wasn’t one. It was a brook trout, about 10″ to 11″. Pulled like crazy.

Maybe it is a stockie, but I’m guessing it instead is a wild fish heading up-river to get ready to spawn. I’m sure one of you readers knows more about this than I do.

I think the brookies will create more competition for the rainbows and browns, and so, I’m hoping their presence will up the activity for all fish. I hear that brookies up to 20″ head up-river in the autumn to spawn. Fish over 12″ need to be piscivorous to get enough calories. So, I’m thinking that small streamers that look like brookies should do well.

The rest of the day was fruitful. Landed to the net nine trout in total. Missed a few takes. Another trifecta of species with two brookies, a brown, and six rainbows.
The morning was productive. Then, the action ceased at 12 noon and didn’t resume until 3 pm. Trout stomachs were loaded with simulium larvae. (Some really good shots of simulium adults and larvae here from PlanetTrout). Not many flying ants, though. I tied a few patterns to mimic them: no takes.

The Y Pool continues to be the most challenging. Landed two there but landed seven in less-pressured stretches of the Swift.

Eager to see how the Patriots do at Orchard Park. Will be a real grind of a game.


4 thoughts on “A Bigger Brookie

  1. That brook trout was stocked based upon it's color profile, but it's still a nice compliment to your catches on the day. Good to see you getting some wild brook trout as well. If you want to catch some of those larger spawning brookies, try some soft hackles.

    1. I'm very late to this, but I wouldn't be so sure it's stocked. I've found that bigger wild brookies tend to be less brightly colored. I caught a few brookies close to that size and similar in coloration this past winter in the Swift that I'm fairly sure were wild. They had excellent fin condition and they were schooled up with other brookies varying in size from 4" to 12".

      AFAIK the state doesn't stock brook trout in the Swift, but it is possible it escaped from the hatchery.

      Also, there's a good chance that the wild Swift Brookies are descended from hatchery brookies, which could explain the dull colors. I think the lower Swift in the pre-Quabbin days was probably a little too large and warm for brook trout, and there are no wild brook trout stream I know of between the Quabbin and the Bondsville dam., so today's brookies are likely the progeny of stocked or escaped hatchery fish.

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