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: Spring tonic

03-25-2005, 08:33 AM
A little spring tonic from a local spring stream.

04-02-2005, 03:35 PM
Beautiful! Refreshing not just visually but in knowing that wild brookies still survive in surprising places.

04-03-2005, 10:50 AM
The way the "marbled" pattern on the back and the color of the fins match the Stream bottom. In a glance, she would be......just another tree branch on the bed. Now thats Stealth!
I'm jazzed! Thanks Tim

04-04-2005, 10:59 AM

Those photographs are wonderful. Warren & I should get you down on Red Brook to take some photos of the Salters returning home.


04-05-2005, 06:33 AM
It is amazing that some of these places have survived. Those brookies are about four inches long. The stream is about two feet wide and originates from a spring buried beneath an old garbage dump. It runs through a narrow strip of woods for about a mile, and is sandwiched between two intensly developed areas. It certainly defies convential wisdom and logic, but it's there, undiscovered and undocumented.

The apex aquatic predators appear to be five inch redfin pickeral, which cruise around like mini u boats. When I was there a couple weeks ago winter stoneflies where hatching. I was laying there on the stream bank picking the stoneflies of my arm and feeding them to the brookies, cool stuff.

Michael, I would like to do some picture taking at Red Brook, have not been down there in a long time. This little stream may have salters as well, at least the connection is there.

04-05-2005, 08:04 AM
It really astounds me how small a habitat it takes to support wild brookies. I'm just sitting here shaking my head!

04-07-2005, 08:48 PM
It's great to know grassroots activism is alive on the Taunton River. Now living in Boston, but having grown up in Southeastern MA, it's so dissapointing to me that I have to travel so far West and North to fish when I think of the potential of that River system, and others in the area.

My childhood backyard river, Shingle Island in Dartmouth, had headwaters polluted by 2 superfund sites. It was damned to create Lake Noquochoke, which now lives up to the last half of it's name, choked with nuisance vegetation from nutrient effluence. The whole system has fish consumption advisories due to high mercury and pcb levels. :mad:

Keep up the good fight! Awesome site.

04-27-2005, 08:07 AM
We used to fish a spring creek in Connecticut tucked in between Rts. 9 and 91. It was a couple feet deep at most and a narrow rill cutting through the grass and woods and you could step across it in most places. It was the last place you'd expect to find one. Even after all the develoment and disturbance's- home and highway construction- it survived. Back then, in the mid seventies, there were several partially consructed interchanges and unused bridges where you could hide a vehicle and sneak down into this little eden. I believe they have since completed the interchanges and I often wonder about this brook and it's trout and whether they have survived.

They are a beautiful and resilient little fish, my favorite by far.

04-27-2005, 08:33 AM
very nice pictures. but it doesnt help the fact that i am still waitting for the waters to drop so i can go out after a few of them small brookies myself. :)

05-03-2005, 02:34 PM

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Your photography is something to be very proud of! Warren and I would love to get you down on Red Brook to shoot some film the Salters returning this spring.

All the best