There Is Something Fishy About That Leaf

Brian Pelkey

Saint Regis Falls, United States

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And of course, I can’t put my finger on it!! LOL

During the Autumn here in the Adirondacks, the shallow water along the shorelines of lakes and ponds cools night by night and is able to hold more dissolved oxygen required by trout. As the morning sun warms the crimson colored maple leaves covered with frost, they detach and gently float downward through the windless air into the water. Like lifeboats from a sinking ship..the trout have learned that these colorful leaves are not a source of danger…but often offer a supply of insects that don’t know how to swim and are clinging to the leaves for dear life. On these mornings I always reach for my fly rod. Two suggestions: 1) Most of us know the approximate size of a maple leaf…now look again at the trout in this photo. Yes, it is the older trout…the wiser trout that have learned that floating leaves provide food…we call these trout “Trophies” here in the Dacks…I’m sure you will too. So if you normally use a leader or tippet of modest strength while casting for trout, you may want to tie on a little heavier line and recheck all your knots; and 2) The fly I normally use is an ant pattern (works well).

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This photo was taken within the Adirondack State Park in Upstate, NY.

See more of my Adirondack landscape and wildlife photos at It is my desire to showcase the beauty found in the Adirondacks and advocate the preservation of wildlife. Thank you for looking. Have a great day!!!

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