For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, March 15, 2020
A Fine Outing
Could spring be close? Seeing a lot of green sprouts and budding trees makes me say yes it is. On a recent outing I found some willing participants in a lovely stream that flows through areas of rock and laurel. In various places it is gentle with slow riffles and in others there are boulders and impressive pocket water. Anyone who has followed this blog for a time knows that my favorite areas of a stream are the riffles. I love fishing riffles in any season. They are almost always productive, and your mistakes are never detected and used against you. In small streams riffles are food factories. Most times when you lift stones from the bottom you'll find lots of little critters upon them. I'm no scientist but I also think that insects use the riffles to launch themselves to adults. Well anyway I love fishing them.
The fish taken this day all came from the riffles. This male took a soft-hackle drifted in the currents, and struck it mid-way through the drift.
A super stretch of this stream. I could fish here for an hour, well that may be an exaggeration but I'll say quite awhile.
I can find brookies like this in places pictured above.
On certain days I need only one fly. Some days that fly might be a dry a wet or a spider like this.
And if that fly finds it's way near a holding fish you can bet it will be taken. This lovely lady grabbed the Partridge and Orange and proceeded to show me what a fight was. She actually took line of the reel. It has been a long time since a small stream brookie did that. I slid my hand under her belly and said thank you. She allowed me the photo and then flipped her strong tail and was back in the stream.