For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Hemlocks and Hardwoods
When I find a friendship as this, hemlocks and hardwoods, along with a stream I know there's wonders to be had. It seems these two do an awful lot to the streams they escort. The broad leaf of the hardwoods give shade and act as a cooling agent, especially in those warm times, and the evergreen hemlock provide both shade in summer and shade and shadow in those time when there are no leaves on the hardwoods. They both have root structures that help stabilize the banks along the stream. And even in those times when nature wreaks such havoc on them buy breaking branches and even felling them across the waters they provide shelter and sanctuary for the residents in the stream as well as along it.
Two small parts of a very complex environment called brook trout forest.
Just to walk these wonderful paths with these trees is an enjoyable experience.
When all is right this hemlock and hardwood stream will give up a jewel or two.
I'll fish for hours and hours just to bring one to hand.
Check out the fine book, "BROOK TROUT FOREST" by Cathy Scott.