Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Hit and A Miss, Exploring a Couple New Streams

A friend of mine and I have been eyeballing a few streams on the map.  One is a small trib, and another was a big main branch of a stream that had little access once you got up on it.  With all the rain we have been getting, water levels were good in both streams.  Stream 1 fished awesome.  Good size fish for the size runs they were in and tons of fish at that.  You'd look at a run and say "no self respecting trout would hold in 2 inches of water in a 1 ft by 2 ft run" but you would pull out a fat 8 inch trout. 

False Solomon's Seal

Stinging Nettles were thick on this stream.  I was stung a time or two or dozen.

Did I mention the colors on these fish?  You'd think it was fall.

Off to Stream 2, which was disappointing.  Stream had some nice runs and pools, but just lacked fish.  Caught maybe a half dozen, but they were all small in comparison to the size pools they were in.  And the would literally have a gnat fly into your eyeball every 30 seconds.  Swarms of them.  After an hour of that, we decided to cut our losses.

Sums up this stream.  Someone hiked a section of a couch a good ways back this trail.

Mountain Mint

Not a bad way to spend the day learning a new area.