In most years, the autumnal changing and falling of the leaves signifies the final opportunities to pursue native Appalachian trout. Once redds start showing up, I do my best to avoid disturbing these fish and the stream bottom. Let them do their thing!
The norm is that these thin topographic blue lines are choked with ice this time of year. When trout are, more or less, fishsicles trying to survive instead of thriving like they do when insect life is booming. This year, with the much warmer than average temperatures, I decided checking out some new water might not be a bad idea.
|Fish Passage Barrier - Candidate for Replacement?|
After spending a bit of time on bigger water, it's easy to forget how sticky hemlock boughs are to 5x - like a magnet for errant casts. A necessary annoyance for the refuge they provide the trout and the angler. I have no doubt I will make a return trip to this little gem, off the beaten path, when the green of springs abounds. Can't wait.