A nice day with some friendly cutts...

here's to that...!
I too, would take an small alpine stream, eager little trout, and the solitude to go with it over any blue ribbon stream in the west.

I'd encourage everyone to scout out a favorite local stream and to fall in love with it, protect it, and to encourage your community to do the same. We can save our rivers, one local creek at a time.
Man, isn't it awesome how nice this place is a few days after the rivers open back up. It's like 5,000 jack hammer operaters all had their chiropractor appointment on the same day! :cool: freaking awesome!

Nice cutts man!
I'm sure that most of the guys on the board are far past being excited about a pile of 6 inch fish. But it was a lot of fun for me. I'm still new enough that I get a real kick about successfully finding fish and convincing them to take my fly.
I think you'd have a hard time finding flyfishermen that wouldn't be pretty stoked about that.
I too love fishing small streams, my son and i hit a few this past weekend over by the Hood Canal,nothing much bigger than 7 inchers but they were so colorful and scrappy. I hope my son learns to love these streams as much as i do. Jim
Nice report Josh :beer2:

I hit some 'skinnier' water after work today and had a blast catching wild cutts and bows on the 3wt. I love this time of year!


dead in the water
I'm actually really stoked at how many people have replied here. It's cool to know that fly fishers as a group aren't "size whores" to the extent that they can't enjoy a fun day with small fish.

If I were a stinky hippie, I'd say something like "The journey IS the destination" or some such crap. But I'm not. I hate patchouli and the Grateful Dead.
Fishing small water is cool and "The Dead" are cool.
My first love of fly fishing, the big ones were only 8".
I taught my wife to fly fish in the skinny water with the little cutts.
All my children and grand children would rather fish the creek than the lake for the hogs.
There's always the chance that a wise old 12"er will come out and grab your fly and learn ya a lesson.
I always get some on me when that happens.

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
I'm sure that most of the guys on the board are far past being excited about a pile of 6 inch fish.
Bet you think different now after all the positive responses to this thread! Some of the very best days I spend on the water are just like the one you described. The payoff isn't the size of the fish but the thrill of coaxing them to your fly, the feeling of being alone and one with nature's splendor, and the antidote that such a day provides to the stress and pressure of our everyday life.

IMHO, your idea about tracking down a shorter, more flexible rod is a good one. I use a variety of short cane and glass rods from 5'9" to 7'6" and all are great fun on small streams. You'll be glad you got one.


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