|Details:||I had a kid-free hour to kill before work today, and just as I was about to walk over to the brook, the skies opened up and there was a downpour that lasted 10 minutes.
I had this weird feeling the place would be jumping after the rain, so when it stopped I grabbed my gear and sprinted through the woods. I set powerbait on my hook and cast out into the middle of the brook and let it sink to the bottom.
Since the area I cast from is so mall and inhospitable, I brought my 3 year old's Panfish Ugly Stick, and tied a rooster tail to the line. I attempted to cast out towards the opposite bank, but I accidentally closed the bail, and it landed 10 feet away from me, right where a smaller brook enters Beaver Brook.
I swore, and started to reel in to recast, and I got a hit, and a fight.
I assumed it was a fallfish, as you can barely get a hook in the water here without them biting on, regardless of your bait.
Before I had it out of the water I saw spots and knew this was something else, but it was too light in color to be a brookie.
It was light with dark red spots. Beaver Brook is stocked with brookies and rainbows....this was a brown trout! In MY brook!
I don't know anyone who has caught one in here since the 90's, so I'm kind of confused as to where it came from. Are there bigger ones that gave birth to it, or is there some other stocking program I am unaware of? Either way I'm psyched.
Go to the location finder, and check out the variety of species in this brook...it's insane, and brown trout aren't even on the list. (Although I intednd to add it in a few minutes.)
The best part was, it unhooked itself the second I got my hand on it, and I had my phone ready, so it was back in the water in about 15 seconds. Hopefully I'll catch one of it's older brothers this summer.
(I also caught 4 fallfish, and they were big and gross as always.)