For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
A Small Stream
It was up early yesterday for me. I had planned to fish a small stream that was about an hour and a half away. The morning was quite chilly and that first cup of coffee really tasted and felt good. So after some scrambled eggs I put the "little rod" the little line and a few flies in the car and set off to see how this stream was going to treat me. It seemed a bit odd as I pulled off the hard road onto the dirt road. The little pull off had a SUV parked in it. I tried to fit the Honda in there to but there was not enough room. I drove up a little further and found another nook that I was able to get the car in. This road does not get much traffic. The few homes and camps and the cars that belong to the owners are about all the traffic on that road. Maybe the SUV was fishing or perhaps scouting out some deer.
Geared up I walked to the stream. As you can see it was in beautiful condition. This area is kind of rugged and reminds me of the streams I fished in Shenandoah Nat. Park. The water was cold and clear and within seconds I scattered several brookies. I pulled out the "Tiny Ten", tied on a soft hackle and started to work the pool. 15 minutes later I realized I scared the fish into their under rock lies. Move on Alan.
In this landscape of large rocks and boulders, hemlocks galore and a few oaks for good measure I found this patch of wild asters.
This pool was amazing. It was deep, and a cobble bottom and a undercut. I fished it for a good half hour, changing flies a few times. I had several strikes and a few hookups but not a single fish to hand. The one thing about tenkara fishing is the fact that a net is mandatory if you want to photograph a fish. It is difficult to bring a fish to hand when you are unable to grab the line and gain control.
Fortunately I was able to accomplish one to hand without a net. A nice healthy brook trout. Unusual spotting on this one but it's green body was a sight I have not seen in some time. Most of the brookies were about the same size with a few smaller ones in the mix, which is a good sign.
I'll probable be back here in the weeks to come, both with Tiny Ten and the Small Stream Reflections bamboo.