|The first, salmonid-free stream. Yuk.|
I went out hunting for some new brook trout water yesterday but when I found it where I wasn't expecting it. The first stream I checked turned out to be far too shallow and slow. I found a little tributary that is literally a cut in the bedrock made by the DOT to keep the little stream that now
lives at the bottom of the cut from eroding the highway embankments. I already knew that it holds water year round but I figured it would be too dirty or warm from pavement runoff to hold a wild brook trout population. I was glad to be proven wrong by a gorgeous male in fall color.
After Fishing that ditch until I was satisfied with it I went to a spot that I know usually holds over some trout stocked in the spring. In a deep pool I did battle with a frustratingly picky little rainbow. For an hour I worked that fish, and eventually I won. Sometimes all it takes is patience and nerves of steal. I love that battle of wits with a picky trout.