I was just contemplating things today (general stuff regarding fly fishing, after all, what else is there to contemplate about?) when I realized how hooked on brookies I am.
Honestly, brook trout in my book are number one on my list of fish. Some say they are dumb and easily caught. I say they are just as clever as any other trout, and they have the aggression of a piranha.
When life is chaotic, my mind goes to gorgeous, orange bellied, vibrant brook trout, and a setting almost as pretty as the fish.
Brook trout just seem to embody the essence of the "X" factor that makes fly fishing fullfilling on so many levels.
I believe Brook trout are the prettiest of all fish, and perhaps the most fun to catch.
For example, I took a trip to the San Juan, nine hours away from my home. it was the best fishing of my life, but not the most fulfilling. Don't get me wrong, I am having withdrawals from that place, but there is something so special about catching wild bookies from a gurgling stream, the challenge of the cast, presenting the fly correctly. Brook trout have taught me more about what fly fishing means than anything else.
I took time away from the San Juan to chase brookies in the mountains of Colorado. That is where I caught my first.
On the way home I stopped by a stream that is now my favorite. What else could it be but a brook trout stream?
And while I was on that miniscule stream, throwing a tiny dry fly, stalking the trout, stepping softly, staying low to the ground, I realized I would trade all the twenty inch fish in the world for a single place so perfect as a brook trout stream.
Seriously, Is anyone else as much of a brook trout lover as I am?
I am MORE than happy to catch any other fish on this planet, so long as I am fishing. But given the choice, I'll take a brook trout stream any day.
I don't know why I wrote this. perhaps to see if anybody else is crazy as I am. maybe to share a part of what makes fly fishing special to me. Maybe I just wanted to share the rambling of a sixteen-year-old addicted to fly fishing. Who knows.
Some of you wont get it. If You don't, you've obviously never caught a brookie. Hopefully it wont stay that way for long.