The hatcheries have a deal with the state for what I believe are some water rights. The hatcheries provide the stocking of the creek. Sometimes they will throw in small catchable sized fish of 5"-10", sometimes they will throw in a mix of 12"-16" fish (these are my favorites, very ready to eat a fly and still not so jaded that they actually fight), then they will occasionally toss in a bunch of their old brood stock. I've seen some truly stupid monsters caught during those times. I landed one during one of those times that "only" measured out at 28" but its girth was just plain stuuuuupid. I placed my pinky on the top of its back and stretched my hand as far as it would go towards its belly. My thumb was still a good 2 maybe 2 1/2" away and my hand span is almost 9". You do the math. As for ticks and snakes, yes there are some ticks, and some snakes, but really not that big of deal. Now why is the Ford being talked about in the stillwater section?