Troutnut.com Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Evening exploring small streams

Evening exploring small streams

By Troutnut on July 7th, 2018
I spent (Spent: The wing position of many aquatic insects when they fall on the water after mating. The wings of both sides lay flat on the water. The word may be used to describe insects with their wings in that position, as well as the position itself.) an early part of this past Saturday day fly tying, researching spots, and preparing for a camping trip, then drove 2 1/2 hours to the South Fork Manastash Creek to give this small stream a try.



It was enjoyable, and most of the trouty-looking pools held a small trout or two, but it wasn't enough of a standout to hide behind the "Mystery Creek" designation. The fish and last fish of the day were nonnative Brook Trout around 8.5-9"; the rest were all Westslope Cutthroat.

Photos by Troutnut from the South Fork Manastash Creek in Washington

Comments / replies

MartinlfJuly 10th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2830
Pretty scenery and fish. Are the brookies a problem? That's sure a beautiful one.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123July 10th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2289
Wow, those Westslope Cutts sure are colorful! Give the brookies a run for their money if you ask me. Pretty fish and pretty country!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TroutnutJuly 11th, 2018, 8:15 am
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2454
The brookies are considered to be unwanted, and WDFW encourages harvesting them by having no minimum size and making them not count toward the overall trout limit. However, I have yet to fish a Washington stream where brookies totally outcompeted the native cutthroat or rainbows and became numerically dominant; I've only caught one or two per trip around here. That's not to say it doesn't happen anywhere, but at least it's not a widespread problem.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123July 11th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2289
Glad our little brookies are not creating a problem out there, though I know they may be elsewhere. Nice that they end up being an occasional exotic "jewel", although as I've been saying the natives aren't exactly dull either! The gemlike beauty of these small trout, and the aquatic "wonderworld" they live in surrounded by spectacular scenery (in my case, not mountains but wildflowers), make these trips special in a whole different way than going after the big ones. And the occasional "big one" from these streams really stands out, and they may be few and far between, but they are there.

You got me thinking of the Pine, but right now our deerflies are pretty bad and our waters low and warm...time for more bass and panfishing, I suppose, if I can avoid those delta-wing attack jets! A.k.a., Chrysopidae…

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJuly 11th, 2018, 5:23 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2367
There is no limit on brook trout in Montana. They are a problem in many small streams with native cutthroat.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.

Related Discussions

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: Driftless, Wisconsin?
In General Discussion by Shanti
9Jul 15, 2012
by Shanti
Re: Small-stream brook trout in Alaska? Not exactly...
In Site Updates by Troutnut
5Jul 15, 2012
by Jmd123
Re: Post season dryfly fishing on the Rifle - almost over...
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
3Oct 20, 2016
by TimCat
Re: Isle Royale fly fishing
In General Discussion by Valleyridge
1Jan 12, 2011
by Jmd123
Re: cutthroats in the east?
In General Discussion by Brooklover
9Apr 25, 2008
by Aaron7_8
Re: General Questions
In Gear Talk by TedderX
3May 23, 2016
by CaseyP
Re: Snow Sedge
In Female Psychoglypha alascensis Caddisfly Adult by Entoman
14Sep 26, 2013
by Crepuscular
Re: Yorkshire Fishing
In the Photography Board by CaseyP
6Jul 18, 2007
by Troutnut
Re: trout pictures
(1 more)

In the Photography Board by MT319
7Sep 14, 2010
by Pryal74
Re: WHERE IS THAT STONE BRIDGE?
In by KIngoThings
4Apr 3, 2017
by Jmd123
Most Recent Posts
Re: Some September pictures, including fish
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
Re: fly line recomended
In Gear Talk by Lltdeer
Re: 4 broken rods in one month
In Gear Talk by S037474 (Jmd123 replied)
Re: Sink-tip , sinking line or floating line w shot for Salmon?
In General Discussion by Adirman (Wbranch replied)
Re: What Type of Bug is This
In the Identify This! Board by WingNut13 (Konchu replied)
Re: Drift boat vs Raft preferences
In General Discussion by Flyguide1 (CaseyP replied)
Re: Fly Tying Vise
In Gear Talk by William99 (Wbranch replied)
Re: Can I put an 8wt reel on a 5wt rod?
In Gear Talk by Ogilvy (Martinlf replied)
Re: Ridiculously tiny midges on high lakes
In General Discussion by Troutnut (DocWet replied)