We set out from my wife’s family cabin on motorcycles to go explore some streams in a nearby canyon. We were hoping to explore a larger stream that I’d seen on the topo map. Upon arriving to where the stream crosses the road we discovered that the water was private for something like 6 miles upstream and 6 miles downstream. I was so bummed. The water looked EPIC! So clear and it looked like it probably held some good-sized fish. We continued on to see what else we could find. We later came across a trickle of a stream that we decided to stop and check it out. I found the first likely spot and looked for signs of fish. It didn’t take long before I spotted a small trout. Sweet! I grabbed my 3wt and still felt over-gunned.

The water was gin clear. It was no more than four feet wide and a foot or two feet deep in most spots. The fish were eager to take the small nymphs I presented to them and upon landing my first fish I discovered that it was a small redband trout. It was fun creeping up the the small pools and pulling out some of these tiny little trout.  Small stream fishing is always fun but it was an added bonus because I’d never caught redband trout before.  Upon further exploration we found some small waterfalls and plunge pools that were up to eight or ten feet deep downstream. I rigged some heavier nymphs and pulled some nicer fish out of the deep holes.  I’m not familiar with redband trout so I’m not sure how big they get but a few seemed to be decent size considering the surroundings.  It was truly a gem of a stream and I soon found out that the fish it held were equally special. Looking back, I wish we would have had more time to explore and wish I would have done better at capturing it’s beauty. Luckily, I did come back with one shot that I’m pretty stoked about. Now I can’t wait to get back!

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Chinese Boy

The ringleader at OSF, Nathan likes well-proportioned fish, moonlit walks by the river, and stripping streamers through dark lies on the dreariest of days. View full bio.

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