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Old 08-07-2014, 05:34 PM
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Small Creek Creepin'

Phil Monahan just did a great little article on where to cast on small streams and how to approach pools. Most of you creeksmiths will find it pretty straightforward and maybe you've been doing it this way all along, but the info is good. I try to explain this idea to every client I guide on a small stream.

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Old 08-07-2014, 05:58 PM
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Cool Post, thanks for sharing!

My favorite part: 'make a few false casts to dry the fly' makes remember how spoiled some small stream fishers are! Casts? in Az? where!

I think the only part I would disagree with is the speed aspect. I usually use a slow measured approach, study the water for a bit and then go for it. It usually takes a little bit to notice if there is a fish visible in a pool. Once you see what one its doing, then you know how to get him!

Btw, Creeksmiths is pretty solid too.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:17 PM
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Warror you have to remember this artical is for brook trout fishing only. Something that is pretty rare here in AZ. Brook trout are very fast to take a dry and will even hit that same dry multible times if you don't get a hook up the first time. Rainbows will do this once in awhile and Browns it is very uncommon. But brooks are just plain dumb for a dry fly.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:30 PM
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Warror you have to remember this artical is for brook trout fishing only. Something that is pretty rare here in AZ. Brook trout are very fast to take a dry and will even hit that same dry multible times if you don't get a hook up the first time. Rainbows will do this once in awhile and Browns it is very uncommon. But brooks are just plain dumb for a dry fly.
Couldn't agree with this last bit more, I had one nice brookie attack the same stimulator 4 times, and look at it a few more times on a creek on the bottom of the rim. It was a 10-12" fish. Couldn't believe he went for it multiple times.

I couldn't set because there was big log over the pool, and there was about 2-3 minutes between casts because the area was so tight and overgrown.

Agreed too about rare, I have only caught them in two creeks, and suspect there may only be one or two more creeks with them in the region of the rim.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:46 PM
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Warror you have to remember this artical is for brook trout fishing only. Something that is pretty rare here in AZ. Brook trout are very fast to take a dry and will even hit that same dry multible times if you don't get a hook up the first time. Rainbows will do this once in awhile and Browns it is very uncommon. But brooks are just plain dumb for a dry fly.
Exactly! When I fish for brookies, especially on one particular creek, I cover water pretty fast. Due to how dense the plant life is, you can waste so much time trying to get a fly on the water and then getting tangled up. I've found that covering a good amount of water produces more fish for me and less frustration. For brookies that is. Although patience and making the effort to get a fly on the water can certainly be rewarding.

Warrior- you're right about false casts on many AZ streams, those are a rare bonus! Though there were plenty of casting obstacles on the streams I recently fished in Canada, AZ brookie and other AZ small streams made them feel like a piece of cake. AZ streams have taught me a lot.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:45 AM
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I read this article yesterday morning. It was a great reminder on how to quickly work a small stream. In my experience it works on more than just Brookies. There are a few small streams here in AZ that I have used this technique on to catch small rainbows and browns as well. Thanks for posting this Tim.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:06 PM
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Good read. Gonna pass it along to someone else that needs it.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:40 PM
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Good stuff, thanks. At 6'-5" I need all the advice I can get when it comes to stealth on small streams!
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