I moved to the house where my wife and I live a little over two years ago and I still haven't fished the length of a stream that is only 5 minutes away. It has around 9 miles of fishable water (i think). I have spent considerable time on the bottom 5 or so miles, but the top 4 miles are very remote. I went this afternoon to knock another mile or two off of the remaining unexplored section.
To reach the point where I stopped the last time I fished it 5 weeks ago, it was a 70 minute hike. There aren't any trails so sometimes it is easiest just to walk up the stream bed with the hillsides being so steep.
This was an afternoon outing. I fished from 2-6pm, making sure I had enough time to get back out before dark. The air temp. was 71F when I started and 68F when I finished and the one water temp. I took was 53F.
I started here.
At the top of the photo the stream is only 2ft wide, but below me was a 30ft wide pool 5ft deep. It was interesting to see fluid dynamics at work. I caught 5 from this hole.
I caught 4 trout during this trip that were 2in or less.I'm sure that bodes well for the health of this stream.
I caught a couple stocked trout here too. I was really surprised to see how far they made it upstream and past some big drops.
As I usually do farther down on this stream, the native I caught up this far were on average pretty large compared to other streams I fish, and with exceptional color.
I particularly like the natives that have a darker tint. I think this may have to do with them living under a rock or ledge. I have noticed over the years the fish that I catch from under big rocks or ledges usually have that darker tint.
This was the 104th and last trout I caught today in 4 hours.
I noticed a lot of neat stuff on the 2.25hr walk back.
1. Dead fawn a few feet from the stream with coyote, bobcat, raccoon, and mink tracks within a few feet of it in the mud.
2. A huge hemlock. I check almost every hemlock I walk under for wooly adelgid. I have never seen it. I read that it has been confirmed within 50 miles of here though.
3. A lot of colorful fungus.
My flip phone camera takes decent 5.1MP pictures when it is still. But if i'm moving at all, the pictures are awful. The reason I stick with it as my camera is because it is waterproof.