Today I went for brookies. The streams I fished were ones I hadn't been to in a while. The reason is that they are a pain in the butt to fish in the summer. Low water is only half the problem. These streams that I fished today are the spawning grounds on suckers, fall fish, and red shiners that live in the biggest stream in the watershed, and by July they are big enough to be an annoyance. They jump all over the fly and, if I didn't know better, I'd think they had pushed all of the wild trout clear out of the stream. But if I'm persistent I can usually find some gorgeous native char.
The fish above nailed a soft hackle and ran me all over the pool. Usually I don't see fish this size here until they set up to spawn. The colors on him tell me that this will start to happen soon. So do the colorful leaves on the trees and on the rocks and water.
I found this snapping turtle upside down. At first I thought it was dead. Then it started to kick. I flipped him over and after hissing and snapping and collecting himself off he went.
I fished the big stream for a little while. It's brutally clear right now and the resident smallmouth and salmon par were difficult to catch but not impossible.
The final fish of the day was this chunky brown, which nailed a Soft Hackle PT. He was cruising about the pool and chasing smaller fish around. Aggressive and quit big for the stream. Everything I saw, heard, and smelled today said "fall is here!". I'm excited.