The combinations of color, shape and form found in nature is a source of fascination and wonder to me. Why do some organisms exhibit cookie cutter sameness while other life forms seem to display themselves in a wide variation of chroma? The more I explore and learn in life, the more questions I find myself asking about what I see and questioning the things I thought I knew and understood. An enigma I’ve thought about lately is the variation of color we find in Salmo trutta. Some brown trout exhibit bright scarlet in the spots across their flanks, in their adipose fins and in their caudal rays. Brown trout in other regions exhibit a bright tangerine color in place of red. What are the influences in this color variation? Water chemistry? Genetics? PH? I’m perfectly content to not have all the answers to these questions in life and nature and am happy just to remain in a state of wonder, awe and admiration. Other times I find myself investigating these questions and talking to people that know more than I do about these matters. Pictured this week is a wild brown trout from a Pocono Mountain region Class A Wild stream that exhibits bright orange marking in place of the more common red variation. Till next week ….. #ItsAboutTheFish

People often ask me the question of what my favorite stream is. After playing at this game for a long time in a lot of different places; my answer is very simple, it’s the one I’m standing in at the moment. Every stream is unique and offers something different from other waters. Every stream is fluid in its character and temperament and changes its moods often. Some waters are old friends that I’ve grown closer to more than others, and I’ve come to know them intimately. Some hold special memories for me of better days when everything came together to create something unforgettable. Other streams are sentimental places that are waded by the ghosts of old friends that have moved on from this world, and I think of them when I fish there. Many of them are well known, famous reaches of waters that draw anglers from afar, but far more are relatively obscure smaller waters in the deep, wild valleys of our eastern mountains. Each has offered experiences that have made my time spent with them special and have taught me countless new lessons. They are all special waters for different reasons. There’s been enough of all these experiences to make narrowing it all down to a single stream or river I could call my favorite something impossible to conclude.

Life is short and often very busy. Fish when and wherever your time permits. Stop and watch the water. Listen to it. Dream of new rivers to explore and enjoy each one you fish. Most of all enjoy the one you’re standing in, it’s the best one you have right now. Pictured here is Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone National Park. Till next week …..

I spent some time socially distancing in the Poconos this past weekend and hit a few small streams. There was a heavy frost in the morning that added some early glitter to the forest floor, and I added an extra layer before taking my rod and camera for a hike to a small stream that was calling me. The rising sun quickly brought some much-needed warmth to the day and I was treated to a mid-day hatch of little Blue Quills. There were enough fish rising to them to make for a rewarding day in the mountains, and my Early Blue Quill Thorax Dun worked its magic. “Paraleptophlebia adoptiva” is just a cool name to say, and the little mahogany colored mayflies that carry this long name are a favorite that begins hatching at a time when the world is waking up from the sleep of winter and the woods are getting their early color. I love this time of the year when trees are just coming into bud, when Trout Lillies are blooming along the stream valleys and the early season hatches start to bring the brightly speckled fish we love to the surface. I love these little mayflies too and look forward to their appearance over the water each spring. Pictured this week is a male Paraleptophlebia “Blue Quill” Dun. Till next week …… #ThoraxDun

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