And these are what the perfect wild brown trout that come from this stream look like... and yes, that last one is from a small stream. That's why I love this stream. I call it home more than I call my house home.
And... this is what it looked like today:
I believe the words are "oh shit". I saw it very low last year, but this is half of that level. There are pools that are three feet deep in low water that I could step across right now. I just can't see how 10-20 inch browns and 8-14 inch brookies could still be in there. All it takes is a family of otters or a blue heron to eradicate them. I fear I just lost my favorite trout stream. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe, in November, the big brown trout will come out and I will find them working on making new brown trout. But I'm not sure that will happen
The only fish I caught today were a couple little fallfish, some salmon parr, and one dinky brown. I didn't so much as see a fish over six inches. God I hope I'm wrong....