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small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 am
by augustwest
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

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:16 am
by augustwest





[report]Drove over the pass to the eastern slope, stopped at several creeks before deciding on this one.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/sunrise_P1010139.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/upstream1_P1010137.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/upstream3_P1010137.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/upstream4_P1010142.jpg[/img]





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.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/moon2_P1010144.jpg[/img]



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.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/snow1_P1010173.jpg[/img]



At the edge of the stream, I saw this guy….

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/ant1_P1010166.jpg[/img]



…and these…

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/ant2_P1010171.jpg[/img]



…and these.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/ant3_P1010169.jpg[/img]



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.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/blue1_P1010149.jpg[/img]



My clumsy approach spooked the fish into the tail of it, where I eventually found a few takers, including these.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/fish1_P1010151.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/fish2_P1010152.jpg[/img]



Almost every pool or riffle offered at least one take, sometimes two. Many came to hand, but at least as many didn't.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/blue2_P1010150.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/blue3_P1010150.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/fish3_P1010154.jpg[/img]



First cast into the shadow under the rock….

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/blue6_overhang_P1010160.jpg[/img]



…produced this guy, who hit it hard and ran back and forth across the pool fighting like a fish twice his size.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/fish4_P1010158.jpg[/img]



The climb out was no fun, but as I reached the top, this was the payoff.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/payoff1_P1010174.jpg[/img]



Back at the cabin some much-needed rehydration that went on for a while...

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/payoff2_P1010174.jpg[/img]



...after which the view looked like this.

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/obligatory_cheesy_sunset_P1010181.jpg[/img]



DSFK

[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream1/afternoon/DSFK_P1010182.jpg[/img]



Worth the effort, next time I’ll bring more ants.



-augustwest[/report]

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:06 am
by flybug.pa.
unlocking the secret, i fish at a time :coffee

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:26 am
by shunned
so you're one of these nutbags that fishes 8x on a 00?

cheers for the sweet lil' report, mate.
...and keep 'em coming.

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:16 am
by flyfisheraa573
much like your intro...that report was top shelf...thanks for sharing AW...keep it up!

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:52 am
by Truchero
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.

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:53 am
by Vito
That is some purdy water and fish. :cool

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:56 am
by Meatwad
small streams are rad

Image

Re: small stream addiction

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

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:27 am
by kollman
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.

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:53 am
by Pancho Rancho
In my mind you have demonstrated fishing at its finest. :cool

Re: small stream addiction

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:05 am
by McH
Good chit all the way around, bout time someone posted up some jazz. :cool