During those long winter nights along with fly tying I like to dig out some maps and take a look at some thin blue lines. Some of these are marked on the maps and hopefully they will be productive streams.
Over the last few weeks I have done some recon on a couple of these streams and found one to be a good looking prospect. Well yesterday I took the TFO 2wt and did a little bushwhacking.
The stream was a little freestone that had it share of deep pools, and swift runs. In places it was thick and brushy, and in some places it opened up into a forest of large hemlocks, and hardwoods.
The wild trout that inhabit these streams are not fussy as to whats presented to eat.
But they are especially cautious, and a branch that's set in motion over the stream will put them down deep, and they will be reluctant to take a fly.
One of the things I always do when fishing is to take the water temps. This will tell me to fish or to walk away. I will not fish waters with a temp above 65 degrees. This stream was a cool 58 to 60 degrees. When I removed my thermometer from the water I noticed a hitch hiker....... Natural trout food.
Deep dark tanic waters produce colorful wild jewels.
As I left this thin blue line, I was tired, sweaty, had a sore knee, and was mosquito bitten. And I love it.