April 7, 2013

Allen Afield: Bless the black flies who soon will bring about brookie season

By Ken Allen

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In short, hiding behind cover while sneaking, crawling and bellying toward a brook leads to success. Trout can spot careless anglers, tiptoeing toward a brook and, even worse, they can hear and feel all but the most cautious footsteps.

This coming week should offer fun galore for folks who enjoy fishing in solitude while employing hunter skills to get close to pools of brook trout, and a stream thermometer reading 52- to 55-degrees Fahrenheit all but ensures action. However, even the high 40-degree range can mean action.

Dropping water levels that are still a little high often produce lifetime memories when the stream thermometer hovers between 52 and 65 degrees. The low 50s may sound too low, but folks should remember that mayflies such as Quill Gordons (Epeorus pluralis) start hatching once the temperature stays at 50 degrees for three consecutive days and Hendricksons follow at 52 degrees.

It's a fun time of year right now, and it only gets better for the next 10 to 12 weeks. We all should be yelling, "ya-hoo."

Ken Allen, of Belgrade Lakes, a writer, editor and photographer, may be reached at:



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