Re: Tiny Creek Brookies
Just putting your toe in a pool will sometimes put brookies on alert.
Try avoid touching a pool with anything but your fly and leader. For small brookie pocket water I use a silk thread furled leader. A well made leader will cast just like a fly line so there's no need to have any line out past the rod tip when a good, short cast is needed.
The hint on stealthy clothes and trinkets is spot-on.
Where I live bugs are scarce so the brookies are opportunistic. They will fly out of the bottom of a 7' deep pool to attack a bushy fly. That is one of the coolest sights to witness in all of fly fishing.
Talk about brook trout being opportunistic at time, it might have been on this site where I just saw a picture of a brookie with a crease fly in its jaw!