I envy you guys in the East with your open canopy streams. Here is what I'm up against all the time in my area. Sorry guys for the pictures sideways, they are correct on my computer.
This streams contains native Brook trout as do most in my area, very few browns. It is about 8-12 feet wide on average and 6" to 2 feet deep with some rare spots approaching top of hip boots. The overhead cover is Alders and I am continually have to duck under or step over them to find open places for 10-25 foot flip casts. The rare large pools do exist where one can overhead cat for 30-35 feet but they are rare.
First picture is facing upstream, second is immediately downstream. That overhead cover is no more than 15 feet away in either direction. I happen to be in a riffle where the pictures were taken. Bottom content is rocks, stones and boulders virtually all covered in slime making wading very, very difficult.
Enjoy Mother Nature's Glory, everyday!
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