After opening day, I can finally indulge in the wild fish of my favorite stream. X Creek has a beauty so far unmatched by any other trout stream in the near vicinity. I was lucky and hooked several fantastic browns on my mono-body nymph pattern. As I traveled back downstream, I was even more lucky to observe a barred owl close enough to get pictures. I was overwhelmed by its stare. I have never once seen such an inquisitive bird.
This wild jewel came from a pool that nearly always produces
The owl quietly observers from a birch tree.
The clean water of the stream holds many a secret. A monster may be lurking just behind that rock. Or, as was the case, a little salmon parr.