The Stream Less Traveled

A fine day in May, what to do?  I love trouting this time of year, the streams and the woods are alive with all kinds of life.  The contrast between the streams when I start out in March and what they look like now is amazing.  Looks like someone was turned loose with a green paintbrush, with a few yellow, white, and purple accents.  Trouble is, the really good streams will be crowded today, both with anglers AND kayakers.  [I have a pretty good rant against kayakers building up, but I’m going to save it for another time] With all my years on the streams, you can be sure I have built up a few secret spots.  One such secret spot is where I pointed my truck on Sunday.  This stream is known for marginal water quality, and plenty of non-trout species, but at least it is not on most anglers’ radar.  I have fished this stream on and off for many years, and know the subtle nuances of its waters. On the popular “name-brand” streams around here, [you know, the ones that start with “R” or “K”] every likely spot probably has a dozen or more fish in it, and it is easy to find a lot of fish.  But this creek is a place where you had better plan on covering a lot of water, as there just isn’t a high trout population...

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