Re: Tiny Creek Brookies
Usually in places like that, the banks are undercut , or at least, the soil will transmit vibration very well. Walk softly. Stay low. I prefer long leaders, because I tie leaders that cast without the line being out of the guides; just keep the flyline from going over your intended target. Think one false cast and a perfect short cast. In some places you can stand back from the bank and dap the fly. If your above a bend or the tail of a small pool that's hard to approach, stay very low and let line downstream and give them a dead drift with no cast involved. Just remember to look first before you cast. You'll send them scurrying upstream alerting all the fish above with a bad approach to the bank. I've found brookies are not very picky, but they are wary in tiny places. I've fished places like you described from Nova Scotia to the Sierra.
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