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Old 08-25-2010, 06:37 PM
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Small Creek Tactics

I have been struggling with the notion of extra small creeks for fishing intelligent fish... not the stocked bows that hit everything, but the sly and picky ones. On an extra small area of water perhaps no bigger than the tonto, where and what do you look for when casting (not for rising fish, that's a given) I suppose this is mainly directed to dry flies and indicator rigs, not streamers. I ask because I am repeatedly being questioned about skipping the good spots; I always look for the trapped water with a pool formed. I say to myself: If I were a fish, this would be comfortable. What am I missing?
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:43 PM
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All I know is that on our last trip I pulled two fish out of water I would have skipped had it not been right in front of me while I was working to the next pool.
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exactly, what makes that water fish worthy? Is it simply fishing every gap between rocks that's not dry?
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On a recent small stream trip (wild rainbow & browns) I was surprised to find that the fish didnt hold in the pools nearly as much as they did in shallow water and rifles. When I worked a beautiful pool, it wasnt till the very top did I catch fish. Lots of fish in places I would have normally overlooked. They sure can hide well!
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Not sure. I generally look at it like you do, moving from pool to pool and skipping the real skinny water. The only reason I cast in the places I did was that I had been watching some old english flyfishing dude working his way up a stream in a movie, and he would just cast-move, cast-move.

Now he was in much deeper water, but as I moved up stream I just kind of started to cast in every small puddle along riffles in between pools, and some of them held fish.
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Anyplace bigger than a dinner plate can hold fish.

Fly selection is often less important. Many times you can get away with a pretty good sized bushy dry.

Stealth on the other hand is very important. Watch your profile and soften your footsteps.

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That's the way the Jemez streams fish here. Literally a fish behind every rock! I hit it a few times during the giant stone hatch after Memorial Day and they'd hit just about anything you put on the water. Pretty cool watching a 6" fish try to eat a sz 8 dry. Still need to try out my 6 ft 2 wt TFO. That'll make fishing easier.
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On my last backpack trip I fished a stream that was usually 2 to 5 feet across. Most of the fish I caught were in the rapids or just below. The water was no more than 1 to 2 feet deep. The fish were not big but I caught over fifty fish that day on very small water.
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Anyplace bigger than a dinner plate can hold fish.

Fly selection is often less important. Many times you can get away with a pretty good sized bushy dry.

Stealth on the other hand is very important. Watch your profile and soften your footsteps.
with stealth in mind, is it better to wet wade or to hop the rocks?
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with stealth in mind, is it better to wet wade or to hop the rocks?
Since we are talking "small creeks" I wouldnt do either. I would cast from a position 5' or so from the bank..
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