March 12, 2016 at 10:33 am #4982
I’ve enjoyed reading posters’ ‘near home’ fishing, so I guess I should weigh in, too.
I live in New Brunswick, Canada. My place is a rural property across the road from the Rusagonis Stream. About 300 m. up the road, the stream crosses under a covered bridge which is located at the confluence of the North and South branches. Upstream of the bridge is basically where the trout fishing starts, although the searun fish obviously pass through the stretch across from my house.
There’s this transition zone from the covered bridge, downstream for about a mile with deeper pools and riffles, usually a beaver dam or two, and some undercut banks. Below that, the stream becomes a meandering older watercourse with minimal current. In fact, there is a tidal influence all the way up to the pool/riffle area, although we are about 80 miles from the ocean by watercourse (Bay of Fundy has 30 foot tides).
So, upstream I fish the North Branch for brook trout. It passes through Acadian forest (pine/spruce/fir/sugar and red maple/yellow birch/oak.) with the odd house backing onto it where it nears a road. Brookies are small and by no means numerous, but lots of fun. I catch the odd atlantic salmon smolt or parr, since the salmon do still occasionally make the run up to spawn.
Below the transition area in the flatwater I fish from a canoe and flyfish for chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, sunfish, yellow and white perch. Muskies have made some inroads down at the mouth of the stream, but I don’t generally venture that far. Fishing is good because its a fairly unpopulated area and what fishing does go on is with hardware. So the fish really aren’t used to seeing flies and react quite positively to them.
But my favourite fishing is on the stretch across the road. No one else fishes there. I keep a 3wt strung on my front porch all season so if I have an hour or an afternoon to kill, I can grab it and a box of flies and go fishing. It holds plenty of the same species as downstream, but because of the riffle/pool structure, they fish like trout and can be almost as selective. Even the larger bass (19″ is biggest so far, but there are plenty in the 14 to 18″ size) can be tempted with a #14 or 16 dry if they’re in the mood. And every now and then I manage a nice trout from the mouth of the springs that flow in.
Its not all dry fly fishing all the time, and its not very glamourous, but its right there, and so am I. There are eagles, ospreys, herons, moose, deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, beaver, otter, fisher, and who knows what else down there, and I love it. I grew up in a large city in southern Ontario, and when I moved here, I promised myself I wasn’t going to have to get into a truck every time I wanted to fish or hunt.
I live 45 minute drive from the Miramichi River, and have a buddy with a salmon camp up there. I also fish tributaries of the Miramichi (Cains and some that will remain nameless), and they produce large (6 lb) brookies at times. But to be honest, 75% of my fishing is in the stream that flows just across the road. Its close to home.
brentMarch 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm #4988
That sound like a wonderful area. What may not be glamorous to you may be something quite spectacular to someone else. And with all that wild life, well that’s just a bonus.
I keep saying that some day I’ll live on a river. Or die on one. Probably the latter.March 13, 2016 at 12:06 am #4991
Brent that sounds fantastic. They all do but I know the elevation and jet lag wouldn’t kill me either!
Sounds much like the Baxter SP area I visited in ’14. I know you said you were not far from there. Would love to get back there and to Canada one day too. There’s just something about those North woods, brookies, and salmon.March 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm #4992
Thanks for the kind comments, lads. I’ve been here about 35 years now, and have never regretted my decision to put ‘quality of life’ ahead of ‘standard of living’.
Its funny about home waters, isn’t it? I’ve fished in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Alaska, Labrador, Ontario, and in the eastern US down as far as South Carolina, but when I have a ‘fishing dream’, I’m always just across the road.
brent.March 13, 2016 at 12:45 pm #4993
Now that you mention it, I’m currently reading the book ‘Jerusalem Creek’ by Ted Leeson, in which he talks extensively about his formative fishing years on a trout stream in the Driftless Region of WI. I picked up the book because that’s the area I was born and raised, and his stories pertain to the subculture of the region, which is quite distinct due to a mix of Scandinavian and Amish farming communities.
In the book (for as much as I’ve read so far) he mentions the same concept. Dreams of fishing are all situated on that local water. Most likely due to an intimate knowledge of, and association with, it.
BrettMarch 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm #4994
I’m going to look that book up. Thanks!!
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