"...envious of the US streams living in Canada with those brookies and rainbows???"
I know sounds kind of funny, but seriously to get to a stream with wild brookies and rainbows takes at least 5 hours from where I live (and thats only the one of the three streams within a 5 hour radius of my place, with the other two completely comprised of stocked fish). And to get to the real trophy wild brook trout waters, well that would be an adventure of at least 13 hours of treacherous roads.
Most of the prairies creeks here cannot sustain trout, unfortunately.
I got to do some fishing and exploring this weekend. Went up into the mountains with the family for a get-away and loved seeing the Fall colors in the Rockies. We did some hiking and I wet my line here and there.
One of the hikes we took, near Frisco, followed a beautiful little creek. I didn't get a chance to fish it, but hope to go back with my small stream rod and a buddy to see what's holding in the little pools.
The fishing I got to do was on a small stream that flows near the condo where we stayed. As I've explored this stream, I've been amazed by the 4+ foot deep holes that have been carved out and the number of trout holding throughout the stream. Over the past few months I've pulled some nice rainbows, brookies, and browns from this stream. I didn't catch too many this time, but pulled in a few, including this nice one who took a 16 olive comaradun drifted over his hole. He put a nice bend in my newly built 7'6" 3wt.
I look forward to getting out there again, hopefully soon.
Here are a few pics from East Tn. in the GSMNP, the park is absolutely a jewel of the south. Never spent any time in the park until I took up the fly, what a shame ......... but I'm hooked now and spend most of my free time there. Never thought I could enjoy a little ole 6" brookie so much, but when you throw in all the scenery... cool mountain water... rain forest environment... and gorgeous little trout, what's not to enjoy.
First trip out after brookies with the new rod. Caught 3 from this little spot, used the rock as my hide.
Here is a larger stream during the dry months, just a little to low in elev. for the brookies though.
Things that like to hang out on the rocks.....
Love this stream, it has both brookies and bows
Just to clarify, the pic. with the bows on the stringer, I only do that in brookie waters. There are so many trout in some of the streams that the competition for food has to be high, just trying to give the brookies the upper hand on their home turf. Besides, it didn't cost the park a dime or involve poison. I never keep brookies, they are just to darn beautiful.
Beautiful, ever find your way to Abrams Creek? I especially enjoyed the Eastern Timber Rattler shot. The last time I fished Abrams I found a big yellow phase and a bunch of brookies too...................
Hr........ haven't made it over to Abrams yet, but it is on the list. Was up on the Russian back in August for the first time and fell in love with it too, fished for 2 weeks all the way up to the Chena, but the Russian was the only one not blown out. The "Fly" sure has opened up a whole new world to me.