A beautiful place to spend the day!

A beautiful place to spend the day!

I actually went fishing last evening with James on the Canaan River to see if the bass were still in the system and when I got home my friend Nathan had left a message to see if I wanted to go fishing this morning.  I called him back and we decided to go fly fishing at Crooked Creek.  This is one of my favorite places to fish in New Brunswick.  The water is crystal clean and the scenery is beautiful.

Nathan picked me up and 5 am and we were off.  We arrived where the first bridge use to be at 6 am.  There is actually a 4-wheeler bridge there now so at least they can cross the water.  We got ready and hit the water shortly after we arrived.  Nathan fished below the bridge and I started just above it.  We both decided to start with Royal Coachman flies.  As I have written in previous posts, this is my favorite fly to use at Crooked Creek.  For what ever reason, it always produces well for me there.  I slowly made my way up and threw my fly in a little run and right at the end of the run I had on my first rainbow trout of the season.  It was nothing huge but was still fun to catch.  It was hopefully a sign of good fishing ahead for the morning.  Nathan caught up to me and we hit the first pool of the river.  We fished it for a few minutes and continued up the river.  We made our way to the covered bridge and fished there for a bit with no success either.  We walked the road for a couple of minutes and then got back onto the river.  Just above where we got back into the river there is another nice pool.  The water was running a little hard here but it always seems to at this spot.  We did not see any action and I moved just above the pool and fished another little rip.  Right at the end of the run I caught my second rainbow trout of the day.  It was roughly the same size as the first one.

We continued fishing our way up the river without seeing any other trout.  We tried a few more nice pools and then made it to a pool that my brother-in-law and I call The Dam.  When we got here Nathan threw in his Royal Coachman a couple of times and then I saw a rainbow trout come up and hit the fly.  I saw the bend in his rod and then the fish was gone.  I figured it just got off his fly but as Nathan brought his line out of the water his fly was gone.  His line had snapped.  He mentioned to me after that he had a knot in the line and we discussed that when we are on the water fishing it is hard to take the time to snip the line and put the fly back on because we do not want to lose time on the water but in the long run it is certainly worth it as you do not want to lose fish because of it.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Sometimes The Dam is where Nathan and I turn around and fish back to the truck but today it was still early so we decided to keep going.  This was good because it gave Nathan a chance to see new parts of the river and me a chance to see how much the upper parts of the river changed from last year. Read this post about our trip last year where I also mention the changes in the river. We actually made it quite a ways up the river and yes, some places were actually quite different.  There was one deep pool that I liked to fish in the past and it was completely gone.  I fished the run above it and had a nice one on.  I was bringing it close to the rocks and it got off.  Shame on me for not setting the hook properly :(

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

We decided to go to one more pool before turning back.  Nathan fished it first, still using the Royal Coachman.  I followed using the same fly.  Neither one of us saw a fish.  He decided to go around the corner to try one one run.  I decided to stay at the pool and try a White-Tailed Green Machine.  These are mainly used for salmon fishing but I decided to give it a try.  After no success with that fly I put on another salmon fly, a brown bomber.  On my second cast I had on another rainbow trout.  I got this one in for my third of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

I did not see Nathan for a few minutes so I decided to go around the corner to find him.  He was at another nice run in the river.  When I got there I asked if he had any luck and he said he caught one.  He showed it to me and I took a pic of him and the fish.  It was the nicest catch of the day so far.  With four fish in the basket we decided to start our way back to the truck stopping at the pools to give them another try.  I decided to keep the bomber on.  When we got to a pool where we did not see any fish on the way up I threw the bomber in a few times and I had a rainbow trout come up and take a look.  After another handful of casts it came up hard but missed the fly.  We kept fishing the spot and it came up a third time for my fly, this time jumping right out of the water.  I just love dry fly fishing for this reason.  I love seeing the fish come up to hit the fly on the top of the water.  We kept trying the pool to get that fish but we will have to wait for another day :)   That is part of fishing.    We made it back to the car around 1:30 and got changed and we were on our way home.

Have you fished Crooked Creek yet this year?






We both decided to use our waders today.  Usually I just wear jeans and mu hiking boots to keep cool on the hot days.  This morning we were happy we wore the waders because it was actually quite cold but by around noon I was dreading wearing them.  I just wear the regular waders that do get very hot in the sun.  When my brother-in-law comes home in a few weeks I will certainly not be wearing my waders.

We only used very few flies today.  We used the Royal Coachman, White-Tailed Green Machine, and a Bomber.

I am very happy that Nathan called and asked me to go today.  It gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things: fly fishing for rainbow trout at Crooked Creek.


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