Some of the most productive areas of small streams are the plunge pools. These are the areas where large stones, fallen trees, and washed up debris cause the water to rush over the top and create a turbulent pool. These pools create a safe haven for wild trout from predators, and tend to wash in considerable food to always hungry trout. The broken water also helps to camouflage hiding trout.
Plunge pools while being productive places, also take there share of flies, and many can be lost in a few hours of fishing.
These are several types of plunge pools found on freestone streams
Trout will also dart from pool to pool chasing a fly
This one little pool always gives up a nice wild brookie.
The Ausable Bomber is a great fly to use when fishing plunge pools. Its heavy hackle and white calftail wing make it highly visable and float very well.
The Ausable Wulff, which I tie with a yellow wing, is a very productive fly.
And when things go right, when the fly gets sucked under and does not snag, chances are a wild brookie might come to hand.
And whats better after a day fishing plunge pools. A hot crock of Baked French Onion Soup.