While most who fly fish, catching is the goal of why we are there. But there is so much more to this outdoor pursuit, especially in small stream fishing.
For the most part small streams do not afford the fly angler with those large trout that we see in magazines, and on the internet, although those that seek the small stream trout know all to well that a five inch wild trout is a wonderful trophy.
There is so much more to the small stream angler than just fishing. Along the way he is provided with the natural beauty that nature provides. I so many times will just sit along a stream, or the path leading in and just take in the sounds and sights near me. Each season has its own beauty, and while I prefer seasons without cold and snow, I can find something special in all of them.
I'm sure all of you can too..... along the way.
Paths and dirt roads provide thoughts of what has taken place here, so many years ago. So much color, and at times the smells of the forest can intoxicate.
The sound of water as it flows over the stones of a stream, although the stream is small its sound can be so relaxing.
If you tried to grow flowers like this at home...... would they look as beautiful?
A fallen tree, across a stream provides a bridge to those woodland creatures who do not wish to get wet. I have at times seen chipmonks dart back and forth across such places.
Watching this little fellow along the stream made me wonder what his eyes have seen.
So the next time your out fishing a small stream, put down your rod and take a few moments to enjoy the beauty along the way.
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