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small stream addiction

Post by augustwest » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 am

I like to fish small creeks. I dig the quiet excitement of the small scale, up-close experience of sneaking up on a small, spooky, wild trout in a narrow riffle or a small pool and casting a dry fly to it.

I have had the opportunity to fish a few new (to me) small creeks in recent months, and I hope to find more in the future. This probably isn’t for everybody, but for those of you who like the small stuff I hope you enjoy the TRs, and feel free to add your own.

-augustwest
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by augustwest » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 am



[report]Drove over the pass to the eastern slope, stopped at several creeks before deciding on this one.
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Nothing doing. Tried streamers, dries, nymphs with and without indicators, no sign of a fish all morning.

Headed back to the cabin for lunch, stopped for a minute to admire the view on the way back over the hill.
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Back at the cabin everybody seemed to be content doing whatever they were doing, no need for dad. So I headed out for a few hours to find a creek I had mapped earlier in the week.

I followed a logging road to the bend in the road that the map indicated was closest to the water. Standing outside the truck I could hear the creek but I couldn’t see it. As I walked in the direction of the sound, it occurred to me that I should have paid attention to those squiggly lines on the topo map. I started down the hill and eventually found water about 500 feet below.

The shady spots were still cool in mid-summer.
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At the edge of the stream, I saw this guy….
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…and these…
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…and these.
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I had loads of ants in my fly box, which I cleverly left in the truck. I had a small container of dries in my shirt pocket, exactly one of which was an ant. So I fished it very carefully. And I dug through a lot of bushes and climbed a couple of trees to keep it.

The first pool appeared to be empty.
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My clumsy approach spooked the fish into the tail of it, where I eventually found a few takers, including these.
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Almost every pool or riffle offered at least one take, sometimes two. Many came to hand, but at least as many didn't.
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First cast into the shadow under the rock….
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…produced this guy, who hit it hard and ran back and forth across the pool fighting like a fish twice his size.
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The climb out was no fun, but as I reached the top, this was the payoff.
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Back at the cabin some much-needed rehydration that went on for a while...
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...after which the view looked like this.
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DSFK
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Worth the effort, next time I’ll bring more ants.

-augustwest[/report]
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by flybug.pa. » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:06 am

unlocking the secret, i fish at a time :coffee
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by shunned » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:26 am

so you're one of these nutbags that fishes 8x on a 00?

cheers for the sweet lil' report, mate.
...and keep 'em coming.
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by flyfisheraa573 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:16 am

much like your intro...that report was top shelf...thanks for sharing AW...keep it up!
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by Truchero » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:52 am

Bingo.

Nice rivers, fishes, and pictures.

Well done. Keep this kind of shit up, and before long, you'll suck. :cool :cool

Refreshing to see new guys bring quality shit this close to their intro.
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by Vito » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:53 am

That is some purdy water and fish. :cool
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by Meatwad » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:56 am

small streams are rad

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Re: small stream addiction

Post by gill raker » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:23 am

Top shelf shit, August...

But you're definition and my definition of "small" are a little different. That first water in you TR is damn near bigger than any named river in my state! A big water where I'm from is one that you can't step across.

Thanks for the TR
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by kollman » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:27 am

Looks like a lot of fun and always fun to toss terrestrials in the late summer. Can't believe there was still snow this time of year.

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Re: small stream addiction

Post by Pancho Rancho » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:53 am

In my mind you have demonstrated fishing at its finest. :cool
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Re: small stream addiction

Post by McH » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:05 am

Good chit all the way around, bout time someone posted up some jazz. :cool
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