|-- NY & MA Landlocked Salmon --|
With my son, Matt, being about 300 miles away attending school in the Adirondacks, our fall fishing outings together are usually limited to just one around the Columbus Day weekend. We had a great trip last year on the West Branch of the Ausable in the ADK with Matt putting me on my largest brown trout to date (Matt just posted a video "Golden Brown" which captures the beauty of this big brown).
This year, the fall fishing trip did not happen due to my work travel, so Matt and I hope to get in some late fall fin chasing when he's back for Thanksgiving break.
But what did happen over the last two weeks between Matt & I is too special not to share. Most of Matt's weekend fishing trips are solo, so making a commitment to travel a distance between his studies can be difficult. As we spoke on the phone last weekend, Matt was debating on traveling about 2 hours to chase landlocked salmon on a Lake Champlain trib. I told him to talk to Vince at Wiley's Flies, get some intel and do it! I have a local Massachusetts stream that supports naturally reproducing landlocks about 40 minutes away which I've fished unsuccessfully a couple times.
So off we both go to chase a fish that neither of us have successfully landed in our respective states (although I did land one NH landlock about 5 years ago on the Connecticut River in Pittsburg, NH during our first weekend fly fishing outing together. It was the only fish caught between the two of us the entire 3 day weekend).
Last Sunday, was a beautiful afternoon for both of us.
|MA Fall Fly Fishing|
Fast forward one week and with some new intel from my favorite fly fishing board, FlyFishingNewEngland.net, I was on the water on Saturday at sunrise on a different stretch of the same MA stream. Matt too went back to the NY Lake Champlain trib. and was immediately rewarded for his persistence with this beautiful male landlocked.
|Matt's First Landlocked Salmon on a Black Nose Dace|
|A Beautiful MA Treasure|
I tied on an olive/yellow slumpbuster and was swinging it to salmon in very shallow water. I got an aggressive take, went to set the hook with a big explosion in the water and the fish immediately broke off. Very exciting but I realized too late that the leader was too long and the tippet was too light. I shortened and stiffened up the leader and started to work back to the car as rain had started to fall. I switched to an obnoxious small pink fly attempting to imitate an egg and was drifting this to some fish when Matt called to tell me about the big male he had landed on a black nose dace and this second female on a fly he bought from Vince at Wiley's Flies.
|Matt's Second NY Landlocked Salmon on a Rubber Legged Bugger|
My First MA Landlocked Salmon
The money fly, a black nose dace, was one of the first flies I learned to tie and while very simple, was the ticket for both Matt & I on this fall day.
Black Nose Dace from Skip Morris' "Fly Tying Made Simple"
Needless to say, this first day of November turned out to be very special with my son & I sharing some fly fishing firsts. Close to 300 miles apart, we shared our tactics as if we were fishing side by side and both were rewarded with some spectacular fish.